the dust settles
Definition of the dust settles
—used to talk about what happens when things become clear or calm after a period of change or confusion I'll call you as soon as the dust settles from the move. When the dust settled and the votes were recounted, she had won the election. You should let the dust settle before you make any big decisions.
Word by Word Definitions
: fine particles of matter (as of earth)
: the particles into which something disintegrates
: something worthless
: to make dusty
: to make free of dust
: to sprinkle with fine particles
: to place so as to stay
: to establish in residence
: to furnish with inhabitants : colonize
: a wooden bench with arms, a high solid back, and an enclosed foundation which can be used as a chest
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