fan

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[ fan ]
/ fæn /

noun

verb (used with object), fanned, fan·ning.

verb (used without object), fanned, fan·ning.

Idioms

    hit the fan, Slang. to become suddenly more awkward, embarrassing, or troublesome: When news of the incident was leaked to the press, everything hit the fan at once.

Origin of fan

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before 900; Middle English, Old English fann < Latin vannus winnowing basket

Related forms

fan·like, adjectivefan·ner, nounun·fanned, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for fan-out (1 of 2)

fan

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/ (fæn) /

noun

verb fans, fanning or fanned (mainly tr)

Derived Forms

fanlike, adjectivefanner, noun

Word Origin for fan

Old English fann, from Latin vannus

British Dictionary definitions for fan-out (2 of 2)

fan

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/ (fæn) /

noun

an ardent admirer of a pop star, film actor, football team, etc
a devotee of a sport, hobby, etc

Word Origin for fan

C17, re-formed C19: from fan (atic)
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Idioms and Phrases with fan-out

fan


In addition to the idiom beginning with fan

  • fan the flames

also see:

  • shit will hit the fan
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