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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.
See also: dust, let, settle
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More than once the phrase 'letting the dust settle' was used during the hearing, showing us clearly what the Supreme Court intends to do.
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An 8lb hike in the weights means the gelding may have to step up in class at some stage but Martin is letting the dust settle before deciding on his charge's next objective.
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We haven't had discussions since he handed in the request and we are letting the dust settle on things.
Godolphin's King George sixth Doyen came out of the race "very well", according to racing manager Simon Crisford, who added: "We'll be letting the dust settle before making any definite plans about his next run.
Godolphin's King George sixth Doyen came out of the race ``very well'', according to racing manager Simon Crisford, who added: ``We'll be letting the dust settle before making any definite plans about his next run.
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