when the dust settles

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - when the dust settles

"when the dust settles"

when the current commotion or turmoil has subsided


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - when the dust settles

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Things sure have been crazy around here lately.

Colleague 2:  That's to be expected when we are in the middle of a corporate merger.

Colleague 1:  It sure is difficult to concentrate on work with all the changes and uncertainty.

Colleague 2:  Things will get back to normal when the dust settles.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - when the dust settles

A couple are talking ...

Wife:  It is really difficult to keep track of our finances.

Husband:  You have a new job and I have a new job and we have just bought a new house. There is a lot going on in our life just now. I am sure that when we have been in our new jobs and house for a couple of months that everything will calm down.

Wife:  OK. Well, when the dust has settled, I will make a household budget and get better control of the finances.

when the dust settles - Usage:


when the dust settles - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for when the dust settles.

when the dust settles - Examples:

1)  We have 27 public sector banks right now. When the dust settles, I think we will have, may be, 8-10 very competitive banks.

2)  It will be very interesting to see what we are left with when the dust settles after the federal election.

3)  ... or take up their family legacies in their own unique way. When the dust settles and the battles are won, it is they who are likely to be standing ...

4)  Arya has to once watch her father die. When the dust settles, the characters we love will be damaged beyond repair.

5)  ... terms of the low oil prices and the job losses. But when the dust settles, the truth is it has got to get rebuilt. 

6)  ... what is really going on I don't know. I suppose when the dust settles we should be able to work out most of the behind-the-scenes ructions.

7)  ... may not have their way when the dust settles on their violent agitation for quotas in jobs and colleges.

8)  Stock valuations are not stretched to extreme levels. When the dust settles, there may still be light at the end of the tunnel.

9)  ... about the divorce, but the lovely thing about it is that when the dust settles, you are able to shake hands and agree to move on without any showbiz ...

10)  Months later, when the dust settles, you realise there's been little effective legislative or policy action of substance.

11)  Hopefully some good will come of all of this and I pray that when the dust has settled, the hyper-connectivity of the information age that has brought to light the ...

12)  ... opportunity to have a free and frank discussion with Mr Mitchell and colleagues when the dust has settled.

13)  ... are just marring their struggle when they destroy the properties they will need when the dust has settled.

14)  ... enumerations, machinations and recriminations are underway. In the coming weeks, when the dust has settled, the candidates and parties will be reflecting on what went right, ...

15)  ... minds it is about beating your rivals and winning the trophy, and when the dust has settled the points are crucial to getting the season on track.

16)  Of course, whether we'll understand it all when the dust has settled is another matter entirely.

17)  And perhaps in 30 to 40 years, when the dust has settled, we will be able to see that there were, ...

18)  The consequences of the recent assault will only be visible when the dust has settled.

19)  ... but when the dust has settled the divisions are certain to be profound and the feelings of resentment bitter ...

20)  Nothing meaningful will have changed when the dust has settled.