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the bitter fruits

The negative consequences of something. The economy is in shambles, and unemployment and underemployment are the bitter fruits.
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As another instance of these bitter fruits of conquest, and perhaps the strongest that can be quoted, we may mention, that the Princess Matilda, though a daughter of the King of Scotland, and afterwards both Queen of England, niece to Edgar Atheling, and mother to the Empress of Germany, the daughter, the wife, and the mother of monarchs, was obliged, during her early residence for education in England, to assume the veil of a nun, as the only means of escaping the licentious pursuit of the Norman nobles.
I have done very, very wrong, I know; but, as usual, I have reaped the bitter fruits of my own error, - and must reap them to the end.
Never before had I seen such an absolute devotion to the idea of duty, and such a complete indifference to its bitter fruits.
The old man was cruelly hurt by this tacit insult; he gathered in this one moment the bitter fruits of the training he had given to his daughter.
Then, bending over with a short laugh, he gave my ear the bitter fruit of it.
But it was as if they both had taken a bite of the same bitter fruit.
I drank from crude stills, distilled bitter fruits.
Workers holding lowly jobs at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) have been reaping the bitter fruits of the tanim-bala (bullet-planting) scheme that victims suspect was an extortion scheme of unscrupulous airport personnel.
During the dire years of the genocide of the Armenians, millions of our people were uprooted and massacred in a premeditated manner, passed through fire and sword, tasted the bitter fruits of torture and sorrow," Karekin II, the head of the Armenian Apostolic Church said at the ceremony.
We'll not negotiate with the Kenyan govt as long as its forces are invading our country, so reap the bitter fruits of your harvest," al-Shabab said in a tweet.
Every new generation of Kashmir harvests the bitter fruits of Abdullah's political blunders.
Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a communique on Monday condemning European Union's imposed sanctions on Iranian oil, stressing that such moves would bear bitter fruits of EU.
The statement issued on Monday condemned the European Union's imposed sanctions on Iranian oil, stressing that such moves would bear bitter fruits for the EU.
Bitter fruits of this flawed policy are now visible to all.
I assume Qaddafi is counting on the same American failure of nerve we demonstrated when we betrayed the very rebellion within Iraq against Saddam Hussein back in 1991 that we had encouraged, and where we are still suffering from the bitter fruits of that betrayal.