when the dust has settled
Also, after or once the dust settles. When matters have calmed down, as in The merger is complete, and when the dust has settled we can start on new projects. This idiom uses dust in the sense of “turmoil” or “commotion,” a usage dating from the first half of the 1800s.
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Sands was involved in a scandalous-for-the-time romance with the carpenter and there were rumors she was pregnant with his child.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion|Nina Strochlic|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Three on-the-record stories from a family: a mother and her daughters who came from Phoenix.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003|Vicky Ward|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
He first rose to prominence as a lawyer in Queens, who settled a boiling racial dispute over public housing in Forest Hills.Mario Cuomo: An OK Governor, but a Far Better Person|Michael Tomasky|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Estee Lauder has not crumbled to dust because the perfect brown face of Joan Smalls represents it.One Vogue Cover Doesn’t Solve Fashion’s Big Race Problem|Danielle Belton|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
In the year of misery, of agony and suffering in general he had endured, he had settled upon one theory.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux
Sleek finds it far harder work than fortune-making; but he pursues his Will-o'-the-Wisp with untiring energy.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
But hitherto, before these new ideas began to spread in our community, the mass of men and women definitely settled down.The Salvaging Of Civilisation|H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
Thus night fell, and darkness settled down about him, relieved only by the red glow of the logs smouldering on the hearth.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
In the aperture of the window, amid piles of paper, stood a rickety old table, covered with dust.Hilda Lessways|Arnold Bennett