iron out

verb

ironed out; ironing out; irons out

transitive verb

1
: to make smooth or flat by or as if by pressing
2
: to resolve or work out a solution to
ironed out their differences

Examples of iron out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While some of the details have yet to be ironed out, a New York Times report Wednesday morning revealed that Biden’s team is looking to bypass the Commission on Presidential Debates, a nonpartisan organization that has managed presidential debates since 1988. Jordan Moreau, Variety, 15 May 2024 Some publishers have even ironed out rights issues to let people freely share that in-game content on platforms like YouTube. Chris Baker, WIRED, 7 May 2024 Another part of the proposal that must be ironed out is how to exempt low-income property owners and senior citizens from the tax. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Apr. 2024 At a press conference Tuesday, Adams, a Democrat, suggested that allowing users to find issues is just part of ironing out kinks in new technology. Jake Offenhartz, Fortune, 4 Apr. 2024 This will give the company more time to iron out some of the integration kinks. Reece Rogers, WIRED, 2 Feb. 2024 The fate of the bills remain up in the air as the House and Senate iron out their different approaches with four days left in this year’s annual legislative session. Ana Ceballos, Miami Herald, 4 Mar. 2024 Carefully lift rosette iron out of pan, allowing excess oil to drip off. Mary G. Pepitone, Kansas City Star, 30 Jan. 2024 The indictment further alleges that Trump and Cohen ironed out the details of the scheme in the Oval Office at the White House, after he had been elected. Virginia Chamlee, Peoplemag, 25 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1753, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of iron out was in 1753

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Cite this Entry

“Iron out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/iron%20out. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

iron out

verb
1
: to make smooth or flat by or as if by ironing
2
: to work out a solution to
ironed out their differences
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