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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.
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plant a seed

1. To lay the groundwork for something that can develop or expand in the future. By involving the community in our plans, we hope to plant a seed for an event that will grow into a neighborhood tradition for years to come.
2. To introduce an idea to someone that they may eventually support or agree with. I casually mentioned the idea of my mom watching Noah some weekends. Just planting a seed so she might be open to it down the line.
See also: plant, seed

plant the seeds

1. To do something that ensures a certain outcome in the future, especially an unfortunate or tragic one. They've been planting the seeds of their own downfall with their anti-consumer practices over the last few years.
2. To cause someone to have certain thoughts or feelings, usually negative ones. The over-zealous policing of opposing opinions has planted the seeds of discontent among the population.
See also: plant, seed

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?
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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

sow the seeds of something

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plant the seeds of something

COMMON
1. If something or someone sows or plants the seeds of a future problem, they start the process which causes that problem to develop. An incident then occurred that was to sow the seeds of the invasion's eventual failure. It was this racist policy that planted the seeds of today's crisis in Africa.
2. You can also sow or plant the seeds of something good or something that you want to happen. With this overall strategy, they hope to sow the seeds of economic recovery. Ministers had spent five years planting the seeds of reform. I had planted the seeds of doubt in their minds.
See also: of, seed, something, sow

plant/sow the ˈseeds of something

start a process which will develop into something large, important, etc: What first planted the seeds of doubt in your mind?The seeds of conflict were sown when oil was discovered on the border between the two countries.
See also: of, plant, seed, something, 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, something
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1975 Red oak planted at Farragut Square to commemorate AMERICAN FOREST'S 100th anniversary.
To mimic this potential spread, Burke and Rieseberg bred OxOx into a wild species and planted the enhanced offspring in cages in California, Indiana, and North Dakota.
Meanwhile, leaders across the country planned and planted Millennium Groves.
About 130 acres has just been planted with longleaf seedlings on a tract being converted back to its native ecosystem, and an invasive exotic, Cogongrass, was subdued after several applications of herbicide.
Ninety acres will be planted with 36,000 native tree species, 30 acres per year, to restore land that had to be bulldozed as fire breaks.
4 million if every resident planted one shade tree on the sunny side of their house.
The key to successful growing of annuals planted from plastic cells is to plant them at the right time of year.
It needed more trees," says Mike Clay of Georgia Power's Land Department, "so we got a landscape plan from the city, bought 80 crepe myrtles, dogwoods, maples, Japanese cedars, and water oaks, and planted them with more company volunteers than we had trees
If a plant can sit in its pot for a day or more in the location it will be planted, it has a chance to get used to the new location before its roots are stressed by the transplanting.
We estimate young trees will grow twice as fast when planted correctly and will live at least twice as long as trees improperly set out.
Considered a summer bedding plant, vinca grows best when it is planted before the end of spring.
Hundreds of thousands of trees are planted in urban and suburban America each year, but only a small percentage of them win be alive at age 40.
In the Getty Center garden in Brentwood, Kalanchoe pumila has been planted en masse as a full-sun ground cover.
So Frank Lockyear, retired nurseryman from Wilsonville, Oregon, and the Minister of Agriculture for the Kingdom of Thailand knelt side-by-side on the ground and planted a tree.
They are best planted or transplanted later in the year.