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English definition of “(the) shit hits the fan”

(the) shit hits the fan

(also the shit flies) offensive
When the shit hits the fan or when the shit flies, a situation suddenly causes a lot of trouble for someone: I don't want to be here when the shit hits the fan.Difficult situations and unpleasant experiencesAccidents and disasters
(Definition of (the) shit hits the fan from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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