when the dust settles


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when the dust settles

1. Literally, once the dust stirred up by some activity is no longer in the air. We should only start painting when the dust settles after construction is finished.
2. Once things return to normal after a period of excitement, a high level of activity, etc. I promise to take you to the park when the dust settles and work isn't so hectic.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

when the dust settles

 
1. Lit. when the dust falls out of the air. When the dust settles, we will have to begin sweeping it up.
2. . Fig. when things have calmed down. When the dust settles, we can start patching up all the hurt feelings.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

after/when the ˈdust settles

when all the exciting events, changes, etc. are over: When the dust finally began to settle, certain facts about the President’s resignation started to emerge.
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