Come Out of the Woodwork
If someone or something comes out of the woodwork, he/she or it ❛appears after having been hidden, unknown or inactive for a long time❜. For example:
Since his death, many Michael Jackson fans have come out of the woodwork.
This sentence means that many of the singer’s fans, who, perhaps, had not listened to much of his music throughout the years prior to his death, have come out and publicly acknowledged their liking of Michael Jackson music, i.e. they have come out of the woodwork.
The following headlines/blog titles also contain the English idiom to come out of the woodwork:
DiManno: Post-Diamond Jubilee, anti-monarchists and uber-monarchists come out of woodwork
- the star.com, 6 June 2012, Rosie DiManno
Manchester City fans coming ❛out of the woodwork❜ says Rio Ferdinand
- idependent.co.uk, 23 March 2012, PA
Artists Coming Out of the Woodwork: Éva Jospin
- en.paris-lifestyle.fr, Thomas jean