let the dust settle

let the dust settle

To allow things to return to normal after a period of excitement, a high level of activity, etc. We should let the dust settle from the recent scandal before we make any major policy decisions. I know things have been really hectic during this project, so let's all take a break and let the dust settle a bit.
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let the ˈdust settle

(also wait for the ˈdust to settle) wait for a situation to become clear or certain: Let’s not make any decisions now — we’ll wait for the dust to settle and then decide what to do.
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Much discussion over the possible retirement of Masar was made at last week's July festival at Newmarket but connections gave it a few days to let the dust settle before making a call.
But I enjoy my life!" As for whether he will continue as captain, the 32-year-old responded: "We'll let the dust settle.
However, Appleby's ace finished last of six runners and connections are keen to let the dust settle before making future plans.
"We gave the ball away cheaply and got turned over at times but look, it will take a few days to let the dust settle, look back and see where we went wrong.
Coleen says YOUR feelings are still raw and I always think it's a good idea to let the dust settle and avoid making any knee-jerk decisions.
That has naturally left fans frustrated but it is understood the Hurworth hierarchy wanted to let the dust settle before making a decision.
"While we wish we had the foresight to side-step this event, we do think the right thing to do here is to let the dust settle and perform a more comprehensive thesis check," he writes.
All parties took a day off on Sunday to let the dust settle after the win over Cardiff City.
We're just going to let the dust settle and go from there.
DEAN Smith has decided to 'let the dust settle' before speaking to his sacked predecessor Steve Bruce.
England defender Stones says he was devastated for his 22-year-old Manchester City team-mate, but wanted to "let the dust settle" before offering his commiserations.
"I will take some time to let the dust settle, we will sit down and have a chat and take it from there.
"We're just going to let the dust settle before making any decisions but a race like the Munster National at Limerick next month would be an option," said Elliott.
I'm going to let the dust settle,' he told Loto-Quebec officials.
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