When discovery of an inopportune incident, usually pertinent to personal misconduct, indiscretion, dereliction or impropriety is made, that provokes outrage toward and/or has seriously negative consequences for the perpetrator(s).
The shit hit the fan when her husband found out about her exorbitant expenditures.
by desenfado November 26, 2013
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An expression that which a horrible disaster or something big has happened, or just going out of control
When I heard that loud thud of the boat exploding, I knew shit hit the fan.
by The Jester of Madness! September 26, 2015
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When an action takes place bringing about a number of undesiarable consequences.
The shit realy hit the fan just about the time we shot at that S.W.A.T. guy.
by Bubba Miarkovich June 19, 2003
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The point at which "the shit hits the fan" is the point at which an already unstable situation devolves into utter chaos, often in spite of--or even due to--a higher authority's attempt to control it.
"But what happens if the cops try to suppress the protest?"
"Well, then, the shit hits the fan."
"A full-scale riot?"
"Exactly."
by Shockz0rz October 20, 2006
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Expression - A derivative of the original: "The excrement made physical contact with a hydro-electric powered oscillating air current distribution device". Used primarily to describe a set of circumstances where events became inflamed to a point that control was lost.
Her insults rolled of me like water but the shit hit the fan after she claimed to possess information leading to proof that my Mother wore Army boots.
by regedt32 April 06, 2004
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Basically, this is when emotions break loose and people get hurt. A literal meaning would be that shit gets on everybody due to the intrinsic nature of the fan.
"I found out my brother was sleeping with my wife, and that's when shit hit the fan."
by Define Please June 14, 2016
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1. When the critical moment occurs, usually involves the culmination of some sort of crisis or scandal.

2. When shit is literally slung into a fan. (See the movie Airplane.)
When your wife finds out, the shit's gonna hit the fan.
by Stroll August 23, 2004
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