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iron out the wrinkles (of/in something)

1. Literally, to remove wrinkles from something, especially a piece of fabric, using a flatiron. Your new dress shirt is all rumpled! You'll need to iron out the wrinkles before you go to the ceremony this evening. I have to iron out the wrinkles in this tablecloth before our guests arrive.
2. By extension, to ease, solve, or remove minor difficulties, troubles, or problematic details (of or in something). (Sometimes worded as "some wrinkles," "a few wrinkles," etc.) Our latest software update is nearly finished—we just need to iron out a few wrinkles 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 and iron out the wrinkles in their marriage.
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iron the wrinkles out (of/in something)

1. Literally, to remove wrinkles from something, especially a piece of fabric, using a flatiron. Your new dress shirt is all rumpled! You'll need to iron the wrinkles out before you go to the ceremony this evening. I have to iron out the wrinkles in this tablecloth before our guests arrive.
2. By extension, to ease, solve, or remove minor difficulties, troubles, or problematic details (of or in something). (Sometimes worded as "some wrinkles," "a few wrinkles," etc.) Our latest software update is nearly finished—we just need to iron a few wrinkles out before it's ready for release. Your friends and family are great means of support when you need to iron the wrinkles out in your life. Bob and Janet are seeing a counselor to try and iron some wrinkles out of their marriage.
See also: iron, out, wrinkle

get the wrinkles out

 (of something)
1. Lit. to remove the wrinkles from fabric by ironing or flattening in some way. This has been packed in my suitcase for a week, and I know I'll never be able to get the wrinkles out of it.
2. Fig. to eliminate some initial, minor problems with an invention, a procedure, a computer program, or a mechanical device. I need more time working with this system to get the wrinkles out.
See also: get, out, wrinkle

wrinkle something up

to make something get wrinkles and creases. I love the way you wrinkle your nose up. Don't wrinkle up your jacket.
See also: up, wrinkle

wrinkle up

[for something] to draw up in wrinkles; [for something] to become wrinkled. His nose wrinkled up as he smelled the burning pie. The cloth wrinkled up in the intense heat.
See also: up, wrinkle

new wrinkle

A clever device or expedient, a novelty, as in The players added a new wrinkle to victory celebrations by tossing their shirts to the crowd after the game . In the form of simply a wrinkle, this expression dates from the mid-1700s, new being added two centuries later.
See also: new, wrinkle

penis wrinkle

n. a despised person, usually a male. (Also a term of address.) Get out of here, penis wrinkle.
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wrinkle

1. n. a new idea; a new aspect of something. Here’s a clever wrinkle for you. Nobody has ever tried this one.
2. n. a minor problem. A wrinkle has developed in the Wilson proposal.

wrinkle-rod

n. the crankshaft of an engine. A wrinkle-rod’ll set you back about $199, plus installation charges, of course.
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That means those early human beings whose skin wrinkled when wet would have had an evolutionary advantage as the fittest of the species.
The recruits performed each action twice: Once with dry fingers and once with wrinkled fingers.
But every participant moved the wet objects faster with wrinkled fingers.
Women with a wrinkled appearance, dryness, and thinning skin were more likely to be white, have lower family income, be postmenopausal, have higher exposure to the sun, and less likely to be physically active," the researchers stated.
The researchers, however, found that women with a wrinkled appearance had lower vitamin A intakes--supporting the evidence that vitamin A just may benefit skin-aging appearance.
While the extent and severity of surface wrinkling was reduced on a major portion of the casting surfaces, the casting surfaces became severely wrinkled as solidification proceeded against the accumulation of lustrous carbon films at the end of the mis-run test castings.
The product is effective within minutes and offers a temporary relief to the wrinkled facial area.
The wrinkled portion of the human brain is the cerebral cortex, the multilayer region responsible for making sense of all the information streaming into a person's head.
In the July 19 Science, Walsh and his colleague Anjen Chenn, now at Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago, described genetically engineered mice that develop cerebral cortexes with greatly increased surface area, so much so that the mouse brains have a more humanlike, wrinkled appearance.
In the first study, 14 patients with moderately wrinkled skin used a daily application of NouriCel(TM), an enriched nutrient solution containing human growth factors derived from Advanced Tissue Sciences' tissue-engineered skin.
More than a century after Gregor Mendel crossed his round and wrinkled peas, British geneticists have cloned the enzyme-encoding gene that ultimately determines the shapes so painstakingly recorded by the Austrian monk.
Subtlety, of course, is in the eye of the beholder, and the aging process may seem anything but subtle to the owner of a wrinkled integument.