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    hash out

    Hi,
    I know that the sentence "I think that we can hash out our problems" means that we can solve our problems. My question is; can I replace "hash out" with "figure out" or "work out" without change the meaning of the sentence? Are they synonymous for "solve"? (I'm not sure if I have to say 'synonymous of' or 'synonymous for', I checked it out on the net but I found both ways)

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    Re: hash out

    I am not a teacher.

    The final result of hashing something out will be to resolve it, but 'to hash out' implies a lengthy and difficult process. This nuance isn't present in 'figure out' or 'work out' which would both require additional words to convey that same meaning.

    I would say synonymous with.

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    Re: hash out

    You can say a synonym of/for.

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    Re: hash out

    I would suggest that we use "hash out" specifically in situations where the most important and crucial aspects of a problem or business deal have already been agreed upon. We then "hash out" the details, safe in the knowledge that no major obstacles remain. Perhaps the Chief Executives go for coffee while the lawyers and accountants are left to hash out the details of the business merger.

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