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get the kinks (ironed) out

Fig. to fix a problem associated with something. The actors had to get the kinks out before they were ready to present the play to an audience. That'll be a right nice car, when you get the kinks ironed out in the engine.
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kink up

[for something] to develop kinks or tangles. The leather parts tend to shrink and kink up in the damp weather. My hair kinks up in this weather.
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iron out the kinks

  (mainly American)
to get rid of any problems that you are having with the way that you are doing something The team was still trying to iron out the kinks in their game in the last quarter.
See pump iron, rule with a rod of iron, strike while the iron is hot
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1. n. a strange person; a kinky person. The guy’s a kink. Watch out for him.
2. n. a sexually deviant person. The kinks congregate two streets over.