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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

to produce a result that is wanted or desired Some of the changes in the election laws are already bearing fruit.
Etymology: based on the idea that getting results is like getting fruit from a plant
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bear fruit

to produce successful results Opening a new store in San Francisco has already borne fruit for the company.
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bear fruit

if something someone does bears fruit, it produces successful results The work he began did not bear fruit until after his death.
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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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