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shit hits the fan, the

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Trouble breaks out; a fearful crisis ensues; things turn nasty • Often part of a time clause beginning with when or then: The shit is going to hit the fan, buddy/ The shit didn't hit the fan till this guy, Eddie Jaffe, takes the pad

[1930s+; fr the classical joke about the man who, finding no toilet, defecated into a hole in the floor; back downstairs, finding the barroom emptied of its celebrants, he inquired why, and was asked, ''Where were you when the shit hit the fan?'']


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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