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iron out the kinks

To work on fixing any small problems that are present in a project. The main development is finished, we just need to iron out the kinks before we release the product.
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iron out

1. Literally, to remove wrinkles from something, especially a piece of fabric, using a flatiron. Please iron out the crease in my slacks, I like them flat in the front.
2. with extension, to ease, solve, or remove minor difficulties, troubles, or problematic details (of or in something). Our latest software update is nearly finished—we just need to iron out a few things before it's ready for release. Your friends and family are great means of support when you need to iron out the wrinkles of your life. Bob and Janet are seeing a counselor to try to iron out the kinks in their marriage.
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iron something out

 
1. Lit. to use a flatiron to make cloth flat or smooth. I will iron the drapes out, so they will hang together. I ironed out the drapes.
2. . Fig. to ease a problem; to smooth out a problem. (Here problem is synonymous with wrinkle.) It's only a little problem. I can iron it out very quickly. We will iron out all these little matters first.
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iron out

Work out, resolve, settle. For example, They managed to iron out all the problems with the new production process, or John and Mary finally ironed out their differences. This expression uses ironing wrinkled fabric as a metaphor for smoothing differences. [Mid-1800s]
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iron out

v.
1. To remove some unevenness, such as a wrinkle or crease, from cloth by ironing: He ironed out the wrinkles from the shirt. She ironed the creases out.
2. To remove some obstacle or difficulty in the process of solving or compromising: The mediator ironed out the troubles between management and the union. The teacher ironed the kinks out of the overlapping test schedules.
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References in classic literature ?
The starch having been wiped up by Molly's help, and the ironing apparatus put by, Mrs.
In the kitchen, Nancy sent her flatiron with a vicious dig across the dish-towel she was ironing.
Sparsit arouse herself from her reverie, and convey her dense black eyebrows - by that time creased with meditation, as if they needed ironing out-up-stairs.
All these young ladies wanted ironing, and all had a curious way of looking everywhere while they chattered.
That coming-along- with-him deportment was now lost in long musing looks at John and at herself and sometimes in slow heavy rubs of his hand across his forehead, as if he were ironing cut the creases which his deep pondering made there.
sock-ironers are outdone by Dallas, where 8 percent of those surveyed plunked their socks on the ironing board.