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British pronunciation/ʃˈɪt stˈʌf hˈɪt ðə fˈan/
American pronunciation/ʃˈɪt stˈʌf hˈɪt ðə fˈæn/
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used for stating that a lot of problems and arguments will occur when someone becomes aware of something

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(shit|stuff) [hit] the fan definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "shit hit the fan" and when to use it?

The idiom "shit hit the fan" is a originated in the mid-20th century. It is a vivid and informal way of describing a situation where chaos, trouble, or a significant problem suddenly arises or escalates. The idiom is used to imply that the situation has reached a critical point where the negative consequences become apparent and unavoidable. The phrase uses a vulgar term for emphasis and to convey a sense of shock or intensity.

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The team's star player was caught using performance-enhancing drugs, and the stuff hit the fan as the team faced scandal, media scrutiny, and potential consequences.
The celebrity's offensive comments on social media went viral, and the stuff hit the fan as they faced backlash, lost endorsements, and had to issue public apologies.
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