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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

to have serious problems because you did something stupid in the past Having fired some of his best reporters, he's now reaping the whirlwind with rapidly declining newspaper sales.
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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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About three o'clock, the whirlwind ceased; the sand, falling again upon the desert, formed numberless little hillocks, and the sky resumed its former tranquillity.
Whirlwind as he would, be could not damage Rivera, while Rivera through the blur and whirl, dropped him to the mat three times in succession.
at whirlwind lunch counters, on sandwiches and beer in his hall-bedroom.
Sometimes I could cope with the sullen despair that overwhelmed me, but sometimes the whirlwind passions of my soul drove me to seek, by bodily exercise and by change of place, some relief from my intolerable sensations.
Reginald," she said, "you are like the whirlwind - and how can I answer you in five minutes
The feature about The Whirlwinds brought back many happy memories to my husband Doug, reminding him of the time when he lived at Stainsby Street in Thornaby and Eric Gillies lived across the road from him.
19 October 2010, SPA -- Experts from the Gulf Cooperation Council&'s member states started here today a debate on a study presented by Kuwait on the phenomenon of dust and whirlwinds.
A WHIRLWINDS were twin-engined, lowwinged planes and very fast for the time.
The desert whirlwinds are typically only a few hundred meters tall and feature 60-km/hr gusts.
Fire whirlwinds develop within, and immediately downwind, of the wildfire, making it virtually impossible to escape the oncoming flames.
But most of us know whirlwinds are fraught with hidden dangers so why do we still let our hearts rule our heads?
So you see the wagons, and the whirlwinds, and the magic carpets, and you also see how it all winds up, in Baenziger's cul-de-sac (the ultimate subdivision housing arrangement), and glass boxes, and washing machines, agitators whirling out across the floor, trapping you in pretty goo.
SEVERAL of our rock and roll loving readers have been reminiscing about the 1960s, Marjorie Livingston from Thornaby has sent in this brilliant photograph of local group The Whirlwinds.
Scientists scanning satellite images of the southern Sahara have detected trails left on the landscape by the whirlwinds commonly known as dust devils, the first such observations made from Earth orbit.
Having sown the winds of this "religious axis," liberal democracy often reaps the whirlwind of the turbulent intermingling of religion and politics that can threaten to upset the "religious axis" itself.