when the dust settles


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when the dust settles

 
1. Lit. when the dust falls out of the air. When the dust settles, we will have to begin sweeping it up.
2. . Fig. when things have calmed down. When the dust settles, we can start patching up all the hurt feelings.
See also: dust, settle

when the dust settles

after an activity stops We always believed that when the dust settled, the court would rule in our favor.
Usage notes: sometimes used in the form until the dust settles: You meet lots of people when you travel on business, and until the dust settles, you don't know what you've actually accomplished.
See also: dust, settle
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WHEN the dust settles it will be important nothing is done to shame the average Iraqi soldier, writes Christopher Hitchens (Daily Mirror, April 4).
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Looking at the futures market in the near future, Saal said, "If you have to hedge, you just have to go out a month or two on the long side and we will see what happens when the dust settles surrounding all of this hurricane damage.
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