Definition of woodwork noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈwʊdwɜːk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwʊdwɜːrk//
    [uncountable] Crafts and skills
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  1. 1things made of wood in a building or room, such as doors and stairs The woodwork needs painting. (British English) He hit the woodwork (= the wooden frame of the goal in the game of football/ soccer, etc.) twice before scoring. There were cracks in the woodwork. elaborately/intricately carved woodwork
  2. 2(British English) (also woodworking North American English, British English) the activity or skill of making things from wood See related entries: Crafts and skills
  3. Idioms
    blend/fade into the woodwork
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    to behave in a way that does not attract any attention; to disappear or hide
    come/crawl out of the woodwork
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    (informal, disapproving) if you say that somebody comes/crawls out of the woodwork, you mean that they have suddenly appeared in order to express an opinion or to take advantage of a situation When he won the lottery, all sorts of distant relatives came out of the woodwork.
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