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reap the whirlwind

To suffer the negative consequences of one's actions. This phrase originated in the Bible. If you don't do your homework now, you'll reap the whirlwind when you have to take your final exam.
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sow the wind and reap the whirlwind

Prov. to start some kind of trouble that grows much larger than you planned. (Biblical.) our enemy has sown the wind by provoking this war, and they will reap the whirlwind when we vanquish them.
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reap the whirlwind

If someone reaps the whirlwind, they suffer now because of mistakes that they made in the past. Note: To reap a crop such as corn means to cut and gather it. The Government refused to tackle the problem at the time and it is now reaping the whirlwind. Note: This expression comes from the proverb sow the wind and reap the whirlwind and people sometimes use other parts of the whole expression. The Prime Minister is now reaping the economic whirlwind he helped to sow. Note: This is a quotation from the Bible. It refers to the punishment of the Israelites for disobeying God: `For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.' (Hosea 8:7)
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reap the whirlwind

suffer serious consequences as a result of your actions.
This expression alludes to the proverb they that sow the wind shall reap the whirlwind , which is taken from Hosea 8:7.
1998 Spectator A [political] party that thought all it had to do to keep Scotland happy was deliver devolution is instead reaping the whirlwind it sowed in the Eighties.
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(sow the wind,) reap the ˈwhirlwind

(especially American English) suffer as a result of your actions: We will reap the whirlwind of those actions for years, if not decades, to come.This expression comes from the Bible. A whirlwind is a strong wind that spins very fast and causes a lot of damage.
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reap the whirlwind

Suffer the consequences. Hosea 8:7's “For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind” has come to mean that evil deeds in the past will come back to haunt you. Another biblical verse with a similar admonition is Galatians 6:7's “Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” (used as the expression, “you'll reap what you sow”), and Proverbs 11:29's “He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind.” As yet another indication how popular references have shifted from the sacred to the profane, the contemporary equivalent is “Be aware of what you do, or else it may come back and bite you in the ass.”
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Al Canasa, weather specialist 2 of Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) on Mactan Island, Cebu, said what residents saw could have been a whirlwind locally known as 'ipo-ipo' and not a tornado.
Among many "first time" inventions introduced by the company were 3-point mounted grader blades, shredders, a box scraper and the Whirlwind terracer.
Our Whirlwind proved that statement true, as many parts are stamped with IH numbers and all bearings and seals are the standard Timken brand.
But Gina says that Doug was over the moon when he saw the photograph of the Whirlwinds in the January edition of Remember When.
Doug, right, when he was on holiday with The Whirlwinds in Paignton, Devon in 1961.
Q IN 1940 I was stationed near an airfield that was testing a fighter bomber called the Westland Whirlwind.
On Mars, a desert planet where dust devils are common and unusually large, the whirlwinds result from severe atmospheric turbulence.
However, the small whirlwinds, in aggregate, pump more material into the atmosphere than large storms do, says Koch.
Love is the answer, of course, but whirlwind romances are often not.
A whirlwind romance answers all those myths about romance and passion we all want to believe in.
Inside there's a whirlwind (made from the same translucent stuff) rising out of - or descending down to - a covered wagon.
Marjorie writes: I wonder if any of your readers remember a group called The Whirlwinds who in formed in 1961 and played various venues across Teesside including the Jubilee Hall, the Maison de Danse, Stockton and the Pier Ballroom, Redcar.
The photograph I enclose shows the Whirlwinds on stage at the Harewood Arms, our very own "Thornaby Cavern".
Cameras on several spacecraft that have landed on Mars have spotted such whirlwinds, and some images of the Red Planet from orbit show shadows cast by dust-filled funnel clouds, says Angelo Pio Rossi of the International Research School of Planetary Sciences in Pescara, Italy.
Tornado Touchdown: Scientists think downdrafts of cooled air yank the swirling mesocyclone toward the ground, At the same time, updrafts stretch the whirlwind vertically, speeding it up and tightening it into a narrow and violent tornado.