"wait for the other shoe to drop"(Phrase Origins)
This phrase means "to await an event causally linked to one that one has already observed". In the form "drop the other shoe", meaning "say the next obvious thing" or "end the suspense", it dates from the early 20th century. It derives from the following joke: A guest who checked into an inn one night was warned to be quiet because the guest in the room next to his was a light sleeper. As he undressed for bed, he dropped one shoe, which, sure enough, awakened the other guest. He managed to get the other shoe off in silence, and got into bed. An hour later, he heard a pounding on the wall and a shout: "When are you going to drop the other shoe?" Markus Laker reports that The Goon Show (a 1950s BBC radio comedy) made reference to this. The character Eccles was an idiot and a bit of a freak. *CLONK* "What's that noise?" *CLONK* "Oh, that's just Eccles taking his boots off." *CLONK*
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