the dust settles

idiom

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.

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Recent Examples on the Web But what becomes of the women whose names remain as the butt of jokes and lives left the source of speculation long after the dust settles on rap’s war grounds? Rivea Ruff, Essence, 7 May 2024 As the dust settles on the devastation in the north of the prefecture, the next step for this part of Japan is to look forward, and tourism plays a vital part in this. Lauren Mowery, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 When the dust settles, the plastic doll will endure. Amy Nicholson, Los Angeles Times, 7 Mar. 2024 When the dust settles, two teams won’t make the field. Greg Engle, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 When the dust settles, Torres looks down to see a shiv sticking out of his side. EW.com, 12 Feb. 2024 Once the dust settles, all stakeholders will temper the angst around the situation, and a semblance of normalcy will return to air travel. Sheldon Jacobson, The Mercury News, 30 Jan. 2024 People do sometimes work their way back to accepting and enjoying their parenting relationship once the dust settles, and an honest, healthy and positive relationship with your child’s grandparents might help Tony to accept his child. Amy Dickinson, The Mercury News, 19 Jan. 2024 Before the dust settles, the private equity firm sells and leaves town, leaving communities to pick up the pieces. Michael Kaplan, CBS News, 6 Dec. 2023

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“The dust settles.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20dust%20settles. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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