the dust settles

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the dust settles

1. Literally, the dust stirred up by some activity is no longer in the air. The phrase is often preceded by "when" or "after." We should only start painting when the dust settles after construction is finished.
2. Things return to normal after a period of excitement, a high level of activity, etc. The phrase is often preceded by "when" or "after." I promise to take you to the park after the dust settles and work isn't so hectic.
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the dust settles

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the dust clears

COMMON If the dust settles or the dust clears after an argument, a problem or a big change, the situation becomes calmer. Now that the dust has settled, it is clear that nothing much has changed. When the dust cleared from Tuesday's election, Washington state found itself leading the nation in the number of women elected.
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the dust settles

things quieten down.
1998 New Scientist The dust is settling on the chaos which ensued when the French sold 110,000 tickets to the World Cup football matches by phone.
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Public support for the fight against the bandits and terrorists is palpable, though also tempered by fears that the fierce air strikes being done will eventually hit noncombatants and friendly forces, or flatten Marawi and leave its residents returning to rubble once the dust clears.
One banker preferred to wait until the dust clears before applauding the new president.
Francesca Serrazanetti explores the Italian art director's mythos, illustrated as a war that ends in victory for both minimalism and fantasy, with perforated bookcases and sheet metal chairs left behind once the dust clears.
We believe that when the dust clears, there will be room and time for proper reflection," Prime Minister Christie said.
When the dust clears, Beasley Broadcasting will be adding two markets, shrinking in one and exiting another, while CBS grows in one and adds one while shedding two entirely.
When the dust clears, on the floor there are several shell casings, each with the signature engraved cobra image.
One can only hope that once the dust clears in Damascus, the decades-long thoroughfare between Hezbollah and Iran, Nasrallah will finally be understood in the region for what he truly is: a mercenary on a pulpit.
When the dust clears and historians start ranking the Great Florida Writers, we might find that Valdene is a stealth candidate on the list.
He however assured that this will not affect Kuwait's commitments to its clients as the exports will be immediately resumed after the dust clears.
But influential outside actors, ranging from the United States and the European Union to the Arab League and the Gulf Cooperation Council, have greeted developments in these countries with very different types and levels of intervention - and not always in support of a democratic settlement when the dust clears.
Even if the dust clears enough for flights to resume, the backlog of cancellations both in and out of the UK will cause chaos.
As the dust clears on the newly enacted economic stimulus package, it's clear there are some big winners, some smaller winners and only a few left out in the cold under the compromise legislation totaling $789 billion.
In a soft economy, we see an accelerated shift to software-as-a-service, so when the dust clears and the market rebounds it looks like a very good market for us.
But I also hope that when the dust clears, we will all give our rose-colored glasses a good cleaning.
When the dust clears there is financial carnage, many investors learning to be more careful next time, but there are often the fruits of the boom still around to benefit productivity.