fat hit the fire

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the fat hit the fire

The point at which a situation abruptly, and perhaps drastically, worsens. Mom already seemed annoyed, but the fat really hit the fire when she found out that you'd been lying to her.
See also: fat, fire, hit
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*fat hit the fire

Fig. a situation that suddenly becomes frantic and unpleasant. (*Typically: suddenly ~; then ~; when ~.) Things were looking bad in the stock market, then the fat hit the fire and I lost everything.
See also: fat, fire, hit
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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