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reap the whirlwind

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to have serious problems because you did something stupid in the past Having fired some of his best reporters, he's now reaping the whirlwind with rapidly declining newspaper sales.
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reap the whirlwind

Suffer the consequences. Hosea 8:7's “For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind” has come to mean that evil deeds in the past will come back to haunt you. Another biblical verse with a similar admonition is Galatians 6:7's “Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” (used as the expression, “you'll reap what you sow”), and Proverbs 11:29's “He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind.” As yet another indication how popular references have shifted from the sacred to the profane, the contemporary equivalent is “Be aware of what you do, or else it may come back and bite you in the ass.”
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Labour will reap the whirlwind of patients' discontent at the next election, barely a year away.
Pity no-one thought of warning parents buying mobile phones for their kids that they would ultimately reap the whirlwind.
Today there is much evidence that such prophetic voices were right; that we have sown the wind, and now we reap the whirlwind.
If we fail to pay attention to such behaviour it will only increase and we shall all reap the whirlwind.
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Most will reap the whirlwind for Liverpool's awful away record which threatens to spill over into next season unless Benitez takes drastic action.
The province and the country will reap the whirlwind, unless the Senate steps in and votes the constitutional amendment down.
But yesterday as the 23-year-old arrived in Shanghai to prepare for Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix he continued to reap the whirlwind of the thoughtless first-corner lunge at Fuji which could yet cost him the title.
Most will reap the whirlwind for Liverpool's awful away record which threatens to spill over into next season unless Benitez takes drastic action Saturday's win against Aston Villa helped cement fifth place, but answered few questions about the ability of certain players to take the club on to a higher level.
Gas, water, electricity, phones - you name it, she sold it and the bosses now reap the benefits while we reap the whirlwind.
Mr Blair has sown the seeds so he should reap the whirlwind.
Jack Straw says we will reap the whirlwind if we let America go it alone.
What the four chairmen realised as they waited outside Eriksson's office was that they were on the point of giving him that excuse - and having to then reap the whirlwind of an angry public.
But if New Labour do not improve the hours and pay of junior doctors, then they deserve to reap the whirlwind.