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

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reap what one sows (third-person singular simple present reaps what one sows, present participle reaping what one sows, simple past reaped what one sowed or reaped what one had sown, past participle reaped what one has sown or reaped what one had sown)

  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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