after the dust settles

after the dust has settled

When things have become more calm or stable; when the consequences (of something) have become known or manageable. I know things have been really hectic during this project, so let's all take a bit of a break and return to it after the dust settles a bit. Lots of people opposed the gay marriage legislation, but after the dust has settled, I hope they'll see that there was no reason to be afraid of it.
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after the dust settles

1. Literally, once the dust stirred up by some activity is no longer in the air. We should only start painting after the dust settles and the construction is finished.
2. Once things return to normal after a period of excitement, a high level of activity, etc. I promise to take you to the park after the dust settles and work isn't so hectic.
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after/when the ˈdust settles

when all the exciting events, changes, etc. are over: When the dust finally began to settle, certain facts about the President’s resignation started to emerge.
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