wait for the other shoe to drop

Await a seemingly inevitable event, as in Now that she has a good enough job to leave her husband, we're just waiting for the other shoe to drop. This expression alludes to a person awakened by a neighbor who loudly dropped one shoe on the floor and is waiting for the second shoe to be dropped. [Early 1900s]


Nearby words

  1. waistline,
  2. wait,
  3. wait a minute,
  4. wait and see,
  5. wait at table,
  6. wait on,
  7. wait on hand and foot,
  8. wait out,
  9. wait up,
  10. wait-a-bit

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