iron out



iron out (third-person singular simple present irons out, present participle ironing out, simple past and past participle ironed out)

  1. (transitive) To remove (a crease or creases) with an iron.
    That shirt still has a few more wrinkles to iron out.
  2. (transitive, figuratively) To resolve (a dispute); to solve (a problem).
    Let's just sit down and iron out an agreement on this issue.
    We need to iron out the wrinkles in the plan before implementing it.
    • 1964 November, P. F. Winding, “Re-shaping the LMR's North Western Line - 2”, in Modern Railways, page 346:
      Since this involves 11 of the main pre-grouping companies, it will doubtless take a good deal of time and patience to iron out all the anomalies, but at least it will simplify many procedures and help to weld the Line into a single efficient unit.
    • 2022 January 12, “Network News: Crossrail takes delivery of final Class 345”, in RAIL, number 948, page 16:
      The latest in a series of software updates was introduced in late 2021, as Alstom and Crossrail work to iron out any final bugs from the train systems before they start operating through the core tunnels under central London.