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hit the fan

To become a significant or more widely known issue. Once this scandal hits the fan, all of our investors are liable to pull out of our 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.
See also: fan, hit

hit the fan

Slang
To have serious, usually adverse consequences.
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Anything left behind bounces off the shelf--then ends up hitting the fan blades after the engine starts and the vehicle moves.
Heavy-handed Spanish cops began to panic and one was said to have lashed out with his baton, hitting the fan in the wheelchair.