after the dust settles

after the dust settles

Once things return to normal, as after a period of excitement, a high level of activity, etc. I promise to take you to the park after the dust settles and work isn't so hectic. I know you don't understand my motivation for this decision, but after the dust settles you'll see that it all makes sense. The earthquake and subsequent tsunami wreaked havoc on the city. It will only be after the dust settles that we understand the scope of that destruction.
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after/when the ˈdust settles

when all the exciting events, changes, etc. are over: When the dust finally began to settle, certain facts about the President’s resignation started to emerge.
See also: after, dust, settle
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