Meaning of “come/crawl out of the woodwork” in the English Dictionary

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"come/crawl out of the woodwork" in British English

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come/crawl out of the woodwork

mainly disapproving

to appear after having been hidden or not active for a long time:

After you've been in a relationship for a while all sorts of little secrets start to come out of the woodwork.

(Definition of “come/crawl out of the woodwork” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)