To await a seemingly inevitable event, especially one which is not desirable.

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  • A common experience of tenement living in apartment-style housing in New York City, and other large cities, during the manufacturing boom of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Apartments were built, similar in design, with the bedrooms located directly above and underneath one another. Thus, it was normal to hear a neighbor removing their shoes in the apartment above. As one shoe made a sound hitting the floor, the expectation for the other shoe to make a similar disturbance was created.
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Submitted on December 01, 2010

Additional definitions for 'wait for the other shoe to drop':

wait for the other shoe to dropTo defer action or decision until another matter is finished or resolved.
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