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1. Literally, to remove wrinkles from something, especially a piece of fabric, using a flatiron. Please iron out the crease in my slacks, I like them flat in the front.
2. By extension, to ease, solve, or remove minor difficulties, troubles, or problematic details (of or in something). Our latest software update is nearly finished—we just need to iron out a few things before it's ready for release. Your friends and family are a great source of support when you need to iron out the issues in your life. Bob and Janet are seeing a counselor to try to iron out the kinks in their marriage.
iron out the details
cliché To fix, resolve, or finalize any outstanding details (of something, such as an agreement or arrangement). We've drawn up a preliminary contract—we just need to iron out the details before we're ready for you to sign. It is expected to take the better part of a year for the two nations to iron out the details of this historic trade agreement.
iron out the difficulties
To ease, solve, or remove difficulties, troubles, or problematic details (of or in something). There's been so much miscommunication that I think I need to sit down with our head developers to iron out the difficulties. Otherwise, the launch of our app could be delayed even further.
iron out the kinks
To remove or fix any small problems that are present in something, such as a project. The main development is finished, we just need to iron out the kinks before we release the product.
stop ironing my head
Stop irritating me and leave me alone. Stop ironing my head, pal! No one wants to hear you talking for the entire course of the film.
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iron something out
1. Lit. to use a flatiron to make cloth flat or smooth. I will iron the drapes out, so they will hang together. I ironed out the drapes.
2. . Fig. to ease a problem; to smooth out a problem. (Here problem is synonymous with wrinkle.) It's only a little problem. I can iron it out very quickly. We will iron out all these little matters first.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Work out, resolve, settle. For example, They managed to iron out all the problems with the new production process, or John and Mary finally ironed out their differences. This expression uses ironing wrinkled fabric as a metaphor for smoothing differences. [Mid-1800s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. To remove some unevenness, such as a wrinkle or crease, from cloth by ironing: He ironed out the wrinkles from the shirt. She ironed the creases out.
2. To remove some obstacle or difficulty in the process of solving or compromising: The mediator ironed out the troubles between management and the union. The teacher ironed the kinks out of the overlapping test schedules.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.