when the dust has settled

when the dust has settled

When things have become more calm or stable; when the consequences (of something) have become known or manageable. I know things have been really hectic during this project, so let's all take a bit of a break and return to it when the dust has settled. Lots of people opposed the gay marriage legislation, but when the dust has settled, I hope they'll see that there was no reason to be afraid of it.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

when the dust has settled

Also, after or once the dust settles . When matters have calmed down, as in The merger is complete, and when the dust has settled we can start on new projects. This idiom uses dust in the sense of "turmoil" or "commotion," a usage dating from the first half of the 1800s.
See also: dust, settle
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.
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