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wait for the other shoe to drop

To wait for the next, seemingly unavoidable (and typically negative) thing to happen. Mom said that Dad would punish us when he got home from work, so now we're just waiting for the other shoe to drop.
See also: drop, other, shoe, wait
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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.
See also: drop, other, shoe, wait
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

wait for the other shoe to drop

wait for the next or final thing to happen. North American
See also: drop, other, shoe, wait
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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
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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