iron out differences
Iron I"ron, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ironed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Ironing}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To smooth with an instrument of iron; especially, to smooth, as cloth, with a heated flatiron; -- sometimes used with out. [1913 Webster]

2. To shackle with irons; to fetter or handcuff. ``Ironed like a malefactor.'' --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

3. To furnish or arm with iron; as, to iron a wagon.

{iron out differences} resolve differences; settle a dispute. [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • iron out differences — v. overcome differences, smooth out disagreements …   English contemporary dictionary

  • 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

  • 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

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  • 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 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

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 the… …   Словарь американских идиом

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