Definition of iron something out in US English:

iron something out

phrasal verb

  • Solve or settle difficulties or problems.

    ‘they had ironed out their differences’
    • ‘Time is passing, wounds heal, old creases are ironed out as new ones form and things eventually move along and work themselves out.’
    • ‘That rustiness contributed to some of the home errors, but if they can be ironed out and if the players can gel just that bit more, then the only way is up.’
    • ‘Once the present problems are ironed out, a policy paper should be brought out on participation of private managements in the educational sector.’
    • ‘Within four to five weeks most of the problems will be ironed out.’
    • ‘Engineering and signalling concerns are slowing the process, but the council is confident the problems can be ironed out.’
    • ‘In a situation like this, ideally you would have had a warm-up game and if there were any small glitches, they could be ironed out.’
    • ‘Yesterday's and this morning's driving has been along some of Europe's poorest, bumpiest roads but they have been ironed out beautifully by that ‘honed’ suspension that features a five-link rear axle.’
    • ‘However it looks like the last remaining problems with the pipe will be ironed out soon.’
    • ‘Most of the niggling faults had been ironed out by this stage.’
    • ‘If costs are shouldered and technical difficulties have been ironed out by these, ID cards will have a much smaller hill to climb in cabinet.’
    • ‘However, the audio problems were ironed out by the time a few tunes had past and the rest of their set went smoothly.’
    • ‘There are some technicalities, which have to be resolved, but I am confident that any difficulties will be ironed out because air marshals will be a feature of the international aviation scheme before very long.’
    • ‘Although problems will be ironed out over time, early adopters have to accept that they may have to send machines back.’
    • ‘He said the purpose of staging the pilot postal ballot was to identify potential problems so they could be ironed out.’
    • ‘We have got to make sure that people understand the time is urgent and I hope even at this late stage any of the difficulties can be ironed out and dealt with.’
    • ‘He said the factory at Point Lisas was a new venture by the group, and he expected there would be teething problems, but that they would be ironed out sooner rather than later.’
    • ‘However they will be on probation for a number of years while shortfalls in their economies, governance and legal systems are ironed out and brought up to EU standards.’
    • ‘But these problems will be ironed out within the next few weeks.’
    • ‘This situation is an accident just waiting to happen so let's hope that the fault is ironed out promptly.’
    • ‘Normal service will resume as soon as my technical issues are ironed out.’
    resolve, straighten out, sort out, clear up, settle, put right, set right, set to rights, find a solution to, solve, remedy, heal, cure, rectify
    eliminate, eradicate, erase, get rid of, smooth over
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