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plant a/the seed of doubt (in someone's mind)

To cause someone to have doubts, worries, or concerns (about something); to introduce someone to a doubtful or worrisome idea. The candidate was doing very well in the polls six months ago, but it seems that this smear campaign has been effective in planting a seed of doubt in the minds of voters. Recent economic turbulence in the Eurozone has planted the seed of doubt about the strength of the economy's recovery. Every time you act suspiciously like that, it plants a seed of doubt in my mind about your fidelity.
See also: doubt, of, plant, seed

soap plant

Any plant that produces a lather that can be used for cleansing. Examples include the California soap plant, the soapberry, and the soapwort. My mom makes all-natural soap out of soap plants.
See also: plant, soap

plant something in something

 
1. Lit. to set out a plant in something; to sow seeds in something. Are you going to plant tomatoes in these pots? What have you planted in the garden?
2. Fig. to put an idea in someone's brain, head, or thinking. Who planted that silly idea in your head? I want to plant this concept in her thinking.
3. Fig. Inf. to conceal something in something. The crook planted the money in the back of the refrigerator. What did the cops plant in your pockets?
See also: plant

plant something on someone

 
1. to hide incriminating evidence on a person for later discovery and use in prosecution. (Drugs. Allegedly a police practice used to entrap drug offenders.) The cops planted crack on Richard and then arrested him for carrying it. Don't touch me! You'll plant something on me!
2. to conceal narcotics or other contraband on an unsuspecting person for the purpose of smuggling. (This person will bear the risk of discovery and arrest.) The crooks planted the stuff on a passenger, but couldn't find him when the plane landed. Someone had planted coke on me, and the airport security officer found it.
See also: on, plant

plant a seed

to do something that will develop more in the future I'm not just trying to sell tickets, I hope to plant a seed that will build audiences for opera.
See also: plant, seed

sow the seeds (of something)

also plant the seeds
to do something that will cause a particular result in the future Religious conflict sowed the seeds of the government's downfall. Officials say they are planting the seeds for freedom and democracy.
See also: seed, sow

plant

1. tv. to strike a blow (to a particular place on someone). The boxer planted a good blow on his opponent’s shoulder.
2. n. a spy who secretly participates in criminal activities in order to inform on the criminals. Don’t tell everything you know. You don’t know who’s a plant and who isn’t.

plant something on someone

1. tv. to hide incriminating evidence on a person for later discovery and use in prosecution. (see also flake.) The cops planted snow on Bart and then arrested him for carrying it.
2. tv. to conceal narcotics or other contraband on an unsuspecting person for the purpose of smuggling. (This person will bear the risk of discovery and arrest.) The crooks planted the stuff on a passenger but couldn’t find him when the plane landed.
See also: on, plant
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Tree Donations All cities in PSE's 11-county service area that are receiving a 2007 Tree City USA award from the National Arbor Day Foundation will receive a free, plantable tree of their choosing from PSE in recognition of last year's severe storm season and their Arbor Day award.
Masisa also announced on July 1 that it will maintain its forestry equity of approximately 38,000 hectares of pine and eucalyptus and plantable lands in the provinces of Entre Rios and Corrientes in Argentina.
The recipient of the gift will also receive a plantable ornament that will grow into fresh cilantro.
Plantable Paper: All you green thumbs out there can share the bounty of your gardens via homemade plantable paper turned into Earth Day cards.
The Grace-Benoist Ranch, with 600 acres of plantable vineyard land, is located in both the Los Carneros and Sonoma Valley viticultural appellations, southwest of Sonoma, between the Durrell Vineyard to the north and Sangiacomo's Donnell Ranch to the south.
The Dunnigan property consists of approximately 278 acres planted to Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay as well as an additional 120 plantable acres.
A strong fertilizer season is also anticipated, as grain stocks are at historic lows and all plantable acreage is planned for crops.
FASA has 38,000 hectares of pine and eucalyptus forests and plantable landholdings.
The Sierra Madre Vineyard consists of approximately 640 plantable acres, with 410 acres in vines and another 230 acres scheduled to be planted in 1997, according to Robert Mondavi Winegrowing Relations Manager Robert La Vine.
5 planted acres used in Crew Wine brands (Matchbook, Sawbuck, Mossback, Chasing Venus), plus an additional 200 plantable acres -- Vintage Wine Trust to fund up to $2.