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(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.
Translations of “(the) shit hits the fan”
in Chinese (Traditional) 麻煩到來,災難來臨…
in Chinese (Simplified) 麻烦到来,灾难来临…
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