in the woodpile
phrasal doing or responsible for covert mischief

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Nigger in the woodpile — A parody, titled The Nigger in the Woodpile , of Republican efforts to play down the antislavery plank in their 1860 platform. A nigger in the woodpile (or fence) is an English figure of speech formerly commonly used in the United States and… …   Wikipedia

  • nigger in the woodpile — {n. phr.}, {slang} Something unexpected that changes a situation; a hidden factor or trick. Racist and offensive, but commonly used in the past. * /I knew there had to be a nigger in the woodpile, because the man was being much too generous./ *… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • nigger in the woodpile — {n. phr.}, {slang} Something unexpected that changes a situation; a hidden factor or trick. Racist and offensive, but commonly used in the past. * /I knew there had to be a nigger in the woodpile, because the man was being much too generous./ *… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • nigger\ in\ the\ woodpile — n. phr. slang Something unexpected that changes a situation; a hidden factor or trick. Racist and offensive, but commonly used in the past. I knew there had to be a nigger in the woodpile, because the man was being much too generous. When the… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • nigger in the woodpile — something (as a concealed motive or obscure factor) contrary to appearances in a situation * * * nigger in the woodpile A hidden evil influence • • • Main Entry: ↑nigger …   Useful english dictionary

  • a nigger in the woodpile — ► a nigger in the woodpile dated a hidden cause of trouble. Main Entry: ↑nigger …   English terms dictionary

  • nigger in the woodpile — noun A hidden or suspicious influence or motive …   Wiktionary

  • Nigger in the woodpile — hidden snag …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • nigger in the woodpile — Australian Slang hidden snag …   English dialects glossary

  • Devil in a Woodpile — on stage at the Hideout, playing with David Honeyboy Edwards Background information Origin Chicago, Illinois …   Wikipedia

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