hit the fan


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hit the fan

To become more of a problem or more widespread or publicized. Once this scandal hits the fan, all of our investors are liable to pull out of the company.
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hit the fan

Inf. Fig. to become publicly known; to become a scandal. (From the phrase when the shit hit the fan.) I wasn't even in the country when it hit the fan. It hit the fan, and within ten minutes the press had spread it all over the world.
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hit the fan

tv. to become publicly known; to become a scandal. (From the phrase when the shit hit the fan.) It hit the fan, and within ten minutes the press had spread it all over the world.
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hit the fan

Slang
To have serious, usually adverse consequences.
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The alternative weekly San Diego Reader said 25,000 copies of "Night & Day" hit the street before the stuff hit the fan, halting the presses.
The pink lunchmeat apparently failed to hit the fan on Friday December 4, when representatives of the internet anti-spam community met with leaders of the Direct Marketing Association.
Neither Stella nor Guberman tells us what hit the fan when Frank, Jr., told Frank, Sr., that he'd bagged law school to paint.
Since the Euro hit the fan, I can't recall a single voice from that vociferous brigade offering an explanation for their sudden silence.
One witness said the Tongan hit the fan, an airport worker, with his forearm after the man repeatedly chanted "Come on, England".
Woods looked as though he would threaten leader Kenny Perry until he pulled his drive so badly on the 18th that it hit the fan and he ended up with a bogey that left him five strokes off the pace.