iron out

iron out
is a common phrasal verb, American in origin and used informally to mean ‘to remove (difficulties etc.)’. As the physical image is still fairly near the surface, it is prudent to avoid contexts that might sound incongruous. Gowers (1965) pointed out the absurdity of ironing out bottlenecks, and to this may be added the following from the age of the Internet:

• I'm still ironing out a couple of bugs over at my Back Pages, which is my new blog —weblog, AusE 2003.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • iron out — (something) to solve all problems that are still left. The two sides need to keep talking until they iron out their differences. Etymology: based on the literal meaning of iron out small folds in cloth (= to use a small, heated device to make… …   New idioms dictionary

  • iron out — [v] reconcile a situation agree, arbitrate, clear up*, compromise, eliminate, eradicate, erase, expedite, get rid of*, harmonize, negotiate, put right*, reach agreement, resolve, settle, settle differences, simplify, smooth over*, sort out*,… …   New thesaurus

  • iron out — verb 1. settle or put right (Freq. 1) we need to iron out our disagreements • Syn: ↑straighten out, ↑put right • Hypernyms: ↑better, ↑improve, ↑amend, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • iron out — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms iron out : present tense I/you/we/they iron out he/she/it irons out present participle ironing out past tense ironed out past participle ironed out to deal successfully with a disagreement or problem,… …   English dictionary

  • iron out — PHRASAL VERB If you iron out difficulties, you resolve them and bring them to an end. [V P n (not pron)] It was in the beginning, when we were still ironing out problems, a company spokesman said... [V P n (not pron)] The various groups had now… …   English dictionary

  • iron out — verb a) To remove (a crease or creases) with an iron. That shirt still has a few more wrinkles to iron out. b) To resolve (a dispute); to solve (a problem). Lets just sit down and iron out an agreement on …   Wiktionary

  • iron out — it s time we iron out our differences Syn: resolve, straighten out, sort out, smooth out, clear up, settle, put right, solve, remedy, rectify, fix, mend, eliminate, eradicate, erase, get rid of; harmonize, reconcile …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • iron out — phr verb Iron out is used with these nouns as the object: ↑crease, ↑detail, ↑problem, ↑wrinkle …   Collocations dictionary

  • iron out — v. (Informal) resolve difficulties in a mutual manner; reach an agreement mutually (e.g.: I know dear that we do not agree on many things, but I am sure we can iron them out ) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • iron out — {v.}, {informal} To discuss and reach an agreement about (a difference); find a solution for (a problem); remove (a difficulty). * /The company and its workers ironed out their differences over hours and pay./ * /The House and Senate ironed out… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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