fan

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1 fan /ˈfæn/ noun
plural fans
1 fan
/ˈfæn/
noun
plural fans
Learner's definition of FAN
[count]
: a machine or device that is used to move the air and make people or things cooler: such as
: a flat device that is held in your hand and waved back and forth in front of your face
: an electrical machine that has turning blades see picture at car

hit the fan

informal
: to cause a lot of anger and trouble used especially to describe what happens when people find out about something that makes them very angry often used in the impolite phrase when the shit hits the fan
compare 3fan
2 fan /ˈfæn/ verb
fans; fanned; fanning
2 fan
/ˈfæn/
verb
fans; fanned; fanning
Learner's definition of FAN
[+ object] : to move air on or toward (someone or something) with a fan
◊ To fan a fire is literally to blow air onto a fire so that it will burn more strongly. In figurative use the phrase fan the fires/flames means to make an emotional situation more dangerous, so that people become angrier and more likely to act in a violent way.
baseball, informal : to strike out
[+ object]
[no object]

fan out

[phrasal verb]
fan out or fan out (something) or fan (something) out
: to spread apart or to cause (something) to spread apart
3 fan /ˈfæn/ noun
plural fans
3 fan
/ˈfæn/
noun
plural fans
Learner's definition of FAN
[count]
: a person who likes and admires someone (such as a famous person) or something (such as a sport or a sports team) in a very enthusiastic way
compare 1fan
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