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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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Michael John Adams, 40, who has convictions spanning two decades, had no firearms licence but offered to pay over the odds for the deadly weapon for "when the s*** hits the fan and we get overrun by migrants."
But no, when the dog dirt hits the fan, Bernie scarpers in the opposite direction.
A reader sent me this collection and I chuckle every time I read them, even on a Monday: Whatever hits the fan, will not be distributed evenly.
"Capitalism Hits the Fan: The Global Economic Meltdown and What to Do About it" discusses the recent financial crises which have turned into depression.
As a part of May-works Winnipeg, on May 4 we will be hosting a film screening of Capitalism Hits the Fan, by Richard Wolff (see his article in this issue).
TRADERS got us into this mess, so I find it hard to feel pity for them when the proverbial hits the fan.
Without it, the shroud moves around and hits the fan blades.
The central focus of Maddie's sister Barbara's wedding is where it all hits the fan. Maddie can not tell herself anymore lies.
The you-know-what hits the fan. Suddenly we are in the midst of a situation so far out of control, we have no way to deal with it.
At the moment the armed forces are doing the firemen's jobs so who is going to do the armed forces' jobs when it hits the fan?
Before it all hits the fan, you need to come up with a corrective action plan.
CRICKET has bumbled its way through in recent years, devoid of real characters and making waves in sport only when the sleaze hits the fan and dodgy bookies and greedy South African captains pop their heads over the parapet.
Consider taking steps right now, before the you-know-what hits the fan. Here are a few ideas:
What better patron saint for those sticky staff meetings when the you-know-what hits the fan? Or consider the yearly Saint Martha River Festival held in Pateros, Philippines.
When It Hits the Fan. Boston, Mass.: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1986.