wait for the other shoe to drop


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wait for the other shoe to drop

Fig. to wait for the inevitable next step or the final conclusion. He just opened his mail and moaned. Now, I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop when he finds the subpoena.
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wait for the other shoe to drop

  (American)
to wait for something bad to happen Once a company starts laying of employees, those who are still working feel they are waiting for the other shoe to drop.
See also: drop, other, shoe, wait

wait for the other shoe to drop

Await a seemingly inevitable event, as in Now that she has a good enough job to leave her husband, we're just waiting for the other shoe to drop . This expression alludes to a person awakened by a neighbor who loudly dropped one shoe on the floor and is waiting for the second shoe to be dropped. [Early 1900s]
See also: drop, other, shoe, wait

wait for the other shoe to drop

Slang
To defer action or decision until another matter is finished or resolved.
See also: drop, other, shoe, wait