Any idea how the moderately gruesome phrase iron out bugs originated? It brings a wonderfully vivid picture to my mind's eye!
It is a combination of two separate metaphorical ideas that are not etymologically linked.
The first - iron out - is a phrasal verb meaning to resolve.
The second - bugs - refers to a malfunction of computer hardware, and its origins are debatable.
Combine the two, and you arrive at resolve computer malfunctions.
Iron out bugs means, basically, to debug. It comes from a conjunction of the phrase iron out, figurative for resolve (a problem), and the programming term bug.
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