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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 the seeds of (something)

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: of, plant, seed
References in classic literature ?
He had planted the seed of hatred and revenge within his untutored heart without avail, for he read in the dead bodies of Bududreen's men and the two Dyaks the story of Number Thirteen's defense of the man von Horn had hoped he would kill.
Many students and faculty members volunteered to go to the mangroves from their university and planted the seeds themselves.
Perhaps by next spring we will have pruned back some of our consumption of fossil fuels and planted the seeds of change and conservation in our Congress and corporations.
Wolfson of Van Nuys writes: "About six or eight months ago, I planted the seeds of a Gala apple.
Under Joel's guidance, our external growth initiatives, including our Urban/Infill and Retailer Controlled Property ventures, have expanded significantly and planted the seeds for strong future growth.