Definition of wait for the other shoe to drop in English:

wait for the other shoe to drop

phrase

North American
informal
  • Be prepared for a further or consequential event or complication to occur.

    • ‘Normally this would be good news, since the steel tariffs were bad policy, but I think I'll wait for the other shoe to drop before I breathe a sigh of relief.’
    • ‘While Francois thinks he has the best of both worlds, I was waiting for the other shoe to drop.’
    • ‘Rather than thanking him for the compliment, I only nod, waiting for the other shoe to drop.’
    • ‘And it's getting on my nerves, because it's like waiting for the other shoe to drop.’
    • ‘We worry, and although Michelle is doing well, we wait for the other shoe to drop.’
    • ‘I think owners aren't doing much now because they are waiting for the other shoe to drop.’
    • ‘But part of me is waiting for the other shoe to drop.’
    • ‘Before going into the bathroom, I waited for the other shoe to drop, my wake-up call.’
    • ‘‘With you…’ he looked away, unable to speak for a moment. ‘I was always waiting for the other shoe to drop’.’
    • ‘Comfort in a relationship is key, and always waiting for the other shoe to drop is to be always looking over your shoulder.’