iron out

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, especially by removing the last remaining difficulties

They're meeting in Berlin to iron out the final details of the contract.


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  • iron out something — 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 …   New idioms dictionary

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