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bear fruit

1. Literally, to produce fruit, as of certain trees and plants. Now that the tree in our backyard is bearing fruit, the kids love picking apples from it.
2. By extension, to yield desired results. Donna is convinced that this plan will bear fruit if we just keep working on it, but it's been a year—the rest of us are officially skeptical.
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bear fruit

 
1. Lit. [for a plant or tree] to yield fruit. Our apple tree didn't bear fruit this year.
2. Fig. to yield results. I hope your new plan bears fruit. We've had many good ideas, but none of them has borne fruit.
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bear fruit

Yield results, have a favorable outcome, as in This new idea of his is bound to bear fruit. This metaphoric term, first recorded in 1879, transfers the production of fruit by a tree or plant to other kinds of useful yield.
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bear fruit

FORMAL
COMMON If an action bears fruit, it produces good results. The strategy of concentrating the company's efforts on a smaller range of businesses is now beginning to bear fruit. It remains to be seen whether the economic reforms will bear fruit.
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fruit

1. n. a strange person. (Now overwhelmed by sense 2) Ted is such a fruit.
2. and fruiter n. a homosexual male. (Usually rude and derogatory.) Bob thinks that you-know-who is a fruit.
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Each Bear Fruit Bar contains more than one apple, including the antioxidant-rich peel, is 100% organic and has no added sugar or preservatives.
Bear Fruit Bars are made using a patented process that combines organic fruit and fruit juice concentrate in a way that eliminates the need for preservatives and results in a two-year shelf life.
Bear Fruit Bars offer organic fruit in a convenient, unadulterated form with great taste, texture and shelf life.
Speaking of pollination and what it will produce, a number of readers questioned my assertion that single Asian pear trees, in isolation from other pear varieties, could not bear fruit.
We are engaging in ongoing discussions with such firms, and we believe such discussions will bear fruit in the third quarter of 2005.
For a gardener, the only experience more frustrating than planting a fruit tree that does not bear fruit is planting a fruit tree that produces a very small crop.
We do want to make it clear that we intend to enter into these types of discussions with firms, but that if these discussions do not bear fruit we are most confident that we can and will continue to operate as a standalone firm that will be profitable and drive stockholder value moving forward.
Tip of the week: If you're looking for a pear tree that will bear fruit in the Valley, ask for one of the Asian varieties.
Our efforts to open more channels are starting to bear fruit.
Only after you are fully aware of your origins, and put down roots of your own, can you be truly creative - send forth shoots, flower and bear fruit.
ASP has also risen owing to increased VoIP cable modem shipments, which have seen greater demand as North American MSOs' promotion of VoIP service is starting to bear fruit.
I learned that the red-skinned pitahaya is self-sterile, which means that its red-fleshed cultivars must be cross-pollinated with its white-fleshed cultivars in order to bear fruit.
During the past few months, we have been working diligently and believe our efforts are beginning to bear fruit.
McClintock also predicted that the effort would bear fruit.
Grant Petersen, CEO of Brussels, said, "2004 continues to bear fruit from all the marketing and sales legwork our team did in 2003.