reap what one sows

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English[edit]

It Shoots Further Than He Dreams by John F. Knott, March 1918.

Etymology[edit]

With reference to the Bible, Epistle to the Galatians, ch. 6, v.7 Gal.6.7

Verb[edit]

reap what one sows

  1. (idiomatic) To receive as a reward or harvest in the same measure as one's exertions, in a good or a bad sense. To receive justice.
    For whatever a man is sowing, this he will also reap.
    • 2005, Tuesday November 15, PM Tony Blair, The Guardian
      "We will reap what we sow; live with what we do not act to change," he said.

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