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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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smokers are said to be prone to premature wrinkling.
Wrinkling also may be seen when paint is applied over an uncured or partially cured coating.
The surface is much less regular than that in Figure 1 and there is orange peel as well as wrinkling.
No one has scientifically demonstrated a significant protection or reversal of wrinkling or photo-aging from foods or supplements that contain antioxidants," says Jeffrey Blumberg, Chief of the Antioxidants Research Laboratory at the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging.
These surfaces contained numerous areas of wrinkling that increased both in extent and severity with decreasing pouring temperature.
Maintaining a firm contact with the Uni-Run fabric is the key to avoiding runnability problems and wrinkling in at dryer pocket.
But other factors help to determine the rate and extent of wrinkling, especially exposure to sun but also diet and nutrition, muscle tone, habitual facial expressions, stress, proper skin care - or lack of it - exposure to environmental pollutants and lifestyle habits such as smoking.
Kadunce and his colleagues have found that men and women who smoke are more prone to facial wrinkling than their nonsmoking peers.
At week 24, the average percentage of patients in the two studies with fine wrinkling who improved by at least one grade point from baseline was 49% for AVAGE(TM) and 20% for vehicle.
a) and (2) Is adequate fill by the tilt test useful clinically to help reduce the incidence of postoperative rippling and wrinkling in saline implants?
But his words document skin wrinkling as an age-old concern, and help explain the marketplace mania that followed publication of research earlier this year showing tretinoin's reversal of "dermatoheliosis," or sun-induced skin aging.
The end result is a digital human face that moves and reacts as a real human face would, in wrinkling and expression.
Cox "There is no question that YouthfulYou's dermatologically-tested and hypoallergenic skin care system inhibits damage to cells which causes wrinkling and aging of the skin.
It is believed to work on all layers of the skin, including the epidermis where pigmentary changes occur and even the deeper portions of the skin where fine wrinkling is thought to begin.
Because the nerves control constriction of blood vessels, scientists concluded that skin wrinkling has an evolutionary purpose.