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iron out the wrinkles (of/in something)

1. Literally, to remove wrinkles from something, especially a piece of fabric, using a flatiron. Your new dress shirt is all rumpled! You'll need to iron out the wrinkles before you go to the ceremony this evening. I have to iron out the wrinkles in this tablecloth before our guests arrive.
2. By extension, to ease, solve, or remove minor difficulties, troubles, or problematic details (of or in something). (Sometimes worded as "some wrinkles," "a few wrinkles," etc.) Our latest software update is nearly finished—we just need to iron out a few wrinkles before it's ready for release. Your friends and family are great means of support when you need to iron out the wrinkles of your life. Bob and Janet are seeing a counselor to try and iron out the wrinkles in their marriage.
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iron the wrinkles out (of/in something)

1. Literally, to remove wrinkles from something, especially a piece of fabric, using a flatiron. Your new dress shirt is all rumpled! You'll need to iron the wrinkles out before you go to the ceremony this evening. I have to iron out the wrinkles in this tablecloth before our guests arrive.
2. By extension, to ease, solve, or remove minor difficulties, troubles, or problematic details (of or in something). (Sometimes worded as "some wrinkles," "a few wrinkles," etc.) Our latest software update is nearly finished—we just need to iron a few wrinkles out before it's ready for release. Your friends and family are great means of support when you need to iron the wrinkles out in your life. Bob and Janet are seeing a counselor to try and iron some wrinkles out of their marriage.
See also: iron, out, wrinkle

add a new wrinkle

To bring or contribute a new and often unexpected aspect, dimension, innovation, development, or stratagem (to something). If proven to be true, the discovery could add a new wrinkle to the way we think about the evolutionary process. Their new, and unorthodox, pitcher has added a new wrinkle to the team's offensive game.
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a new wrinkle

A new and often unexpected aspect, dimension, innovation, development, or stratagem. If proven to be true, the discovery could signal a new wrinkle in the way we think about the evolutionary process. Their new, and unorthodox, pitcher has brought a new wrinkle to the team's offensive game.
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get the wrinkles out

 (of something)
1. Lit. to remove the wrinkles from fabric by ironing or flattening in some way. This has been packed in my suitcase for a week, and I know I'll never be able to get the wrinkles out of it.
2. Fig. to eliminate some initial, minor problems with an invention, a procedure, a computer program, or a mechanical device. I need more time working with this system to get the wrinkles out.
See also: get, out, wrinkle

wrinkle something up

to make something get wrinkles and creases. I love the way you wrinkle your nose up. Don't wrinkle up your jacket.
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wrinkle up

[for something] to draw up in wrinkles; [for something] to become wrinkled. His nose wrinkled up as he smelled the burning pie. The cloth wrinkled up in the intense heat.
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new wrinkle

A clever device or expedient, a novelty, as in The players added a new wrinkle to victory celebrations by tossing their shirts to the crowd after the game . In the form of simply a wrinkle, this expression dates from the mid-1700s, new being added two centuries later.
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iron out the wrinkles

resolve all minor difficulties and snags.
Iron out has been in figurative use since the mid 19th century; it often occurs with other nouns, especially differences .
1984 New Yorker Willa had sold her story to Universal Pictures and was in California ironing out some wrinkles in the deal.
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penis wrinkle

n. a despised person, usually a male. (Also a term of address.) Get out of here, penis wrinkle.
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wrinkle

1. n. a new idea; a new aspect of something. Here’s a clever wrinkle for you. Nobody has ever tried this one.
2. n. a minor problem. A wrinkle has developed in the Wilson proposal.

wrinkle-rod

n. the crankshaft of an engine. A wrinkle-rod’ll set you back about $199, plus installation charges, of course.
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Wrinkling can be reduced or prevented by recoating or topcoating only after a film has cured properly, applying thin coats and drying (and, if possible curing) in between, employing slow solvents to keep the film open and reduce skinning, avoiding strong solvents in topcoats over uncured or partially cured undercoats, and adjusting catalyst levels in base and clear coats so that they react at similar rates.
And no one has tested a high-protein diet on skin wrinkling.
As far as I am aware, no studies have looked at glucose in the diet and skin wrinkling.
Although traces of lustrous carbon defects or wrinkling still were evident, rapid filling or flooding the mold cavity tended to substantially minimize the amount of carbonaceous films.
Lustrous carbon wrinkling defects were present on both the cope and drag surfaces of the casting.
At week 24, the average percentage of patients in the two studies with fine wrinkling who improved by at least one grade point from baseline was 49% for AVAGE(TM) and 20% for vehicle.
Cigarette smoke breaks down vitamin C in skin, which can cause premature wrinkling.
Kadunce and his colleagues have found that men and women who smoke are more prone to facial wrinkling than their nonsmoking peers.
After controlling for sun exposure, age and sex, the investigators discovered that premature wrinkling increased with cigarette consumption and the duration of the smoking habit.
Using optimum saline fill criteria specific to shaped breast implants, all fill volumes were within the manufacturer's recommended range, and not a single patient required re-operation for visible rippling or wrinkling in the breast.
In pinpointing the gene's chromosomal location, or locus, they have discovered that the wrinkling trail stems from an extra piece of DNA, which prevents the gene from directing proper starch synthesis.
The end result is a digital human face that moves and reacts as a real human face would, in wrinkling and expression.
But his words document skin wrinkling as an age-old concern, and help explain the marketplace mania that followed publication of research earlier this year showing tretinoin's reversal of "dermatoheliosis," or sun-induced skin aging.
Cox "There is no question that YouthfulYou's dermatologically-tested and hypoallergenic skin care system inhibits damage to cells which causes wrinkling and aging of the skin.
It is believed to work on all layers of the skin, including the epidermis where pigmentary changes occur and even the deeper portions of the skin where fine wrinkling is thought to begin.