the shit hits the fan

when the shit hits the fan

Sl. when all the expected trouble materializes. When the shit hits the fan, you had better be prepared to support those of us who are involved in this mess.
See also: fan, hit, shit

the shit hits the fan

INFORMAL, VERY RUDE
If the shit hits the fan, serious trouble suddenly starts. If I was them, I'd be planning to pull out before the shit hits the fan. Then Gene heard about the matter and the shit really hit the fan. Note: People sometimes replace shit with a less offensive word. Tom visited us in Canada shortly before the stuff hit the fan.
See also: fan, hit, shit

when the shit hits the fan

when a situation becomes critical; when the disastrous consequences of something become public.
See also: fan, hit, shit

(when) the ˌshit hits the ˈfan

(taboo, slang) (when) somebody in authority finds out about something bad or wrong that somebody has done: When the committee finds out what actually happened, the shit will really hit the fan.
See also: fan, hit, shit

when the shit hits the fan

tv. when all the expected trouble materializes. (Usually objectionable.) When the shit hits the fan, you had better be prepared to support those of us who are involved in this mess. We had one hell of an afternoon around here. Where were you when the shit hit the fan?
See also: fan, hit, shit

when the shit hits the fan

When the situation goes awry; when trouble starts.
See also: fan, hit, shit
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I know it is said a lot but when the shit hits the fan you go further for a friend than a team mate.
This situation needs to be sorted before the shit hits the fan, the GAA needs to be man enough to stand over whatever decision they make at the same time leaving the people who choose to live in their narrow-minded world in the past.
Indeed, when the shit hits the fan, and it appears it will be soon, it will be our door they first knock on for help.