when the fat hits the fire

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when the fat hits the fire

The point at which a situation abruptly and drastically worsens. We need a leader who is strong and steady, someone who won't shrink from adversity when the fat hits the fire. He seems qualified on paper, but how do you think he'll perform under pressure when the fat hits the fire?
See also: fat, fire, hit
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