bear fruit

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bear fruit (third-person singular simple present bears fruit, present participle bearing fruit, simple past bore fruit, past participle borne fruit)

  1. Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see bear,‎ fruit.
  2. (idiomatic) To succeed in some task; to achieve benefit from a task or project.
    After several barren years it was good to see the trees bearing fruit.
    Many people had looked but it was unusual to see these searches bearing fruit.
    • 2018 July 7, Phil McNulty, “Sweden 0-2 England”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      Maguire, outstanding once more, broke the deadlock on the half-hour when another England set-piece bore fruit - Leicester City's powerful defender flashing a header past Sweden keeper Robin Olsen from Ashley Young's corner.

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