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As you sow, so shall you reap,

 and As a man sows, so shall he reap.
Prov. Things will happen to you good or bad, according to how you behave. (Biblical.) You should stop being so cruel to other people. As you sow, so shall you reap. Fred built an immense fortune by swindling others, but lost it all when someone swindled him. As a man sows, so shall he reap.
See also: reap, shall

reap something from something

1. Lit. to harvest something from something. We reaped a fine harvest from our cornfields this year. They will reap nothing from their flooded fields.
2. Fig. to gain something from something. The students reaped a lot of information from their interview with the police chief. I hope to reap some good advice from the discussion.
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sow the wind and reap the whirlwind

Prov. to start some kind of trouble that grows much larger than you planned. (Biblical.) our enemy has sown the wind by provoking this war, and they will reap the whirlwind when we vanquish them.
See also: and, reap, sow, whirlwind, wind

reap what you sow

to experience the results of your own actions If we neglect our environment, we will surely reap what we sow.
Usage notes: usually used to say that something bad is likely to result from an activity
Etymology: from the idea that the quality of the seeds that you sow (put into the ground) grow into the kind of plants that you are able to reap (cut and collect)
See also: reap, sow

reap a/the harvest of something

to receive the good or bad results of past actions Homelessness is rising. We are reaping the harvest of a lack of investment in housing and social services.
See also: of, reap

reap the whirlwind

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.
See also: reap, whirlwind

You reap what you sow.

  also As you sow, so shall you reap. (formal)
something that you say which means everything that happens to you is a result of your own actions If you treat your friends like that, of course they drop you. You reap what you sow in this life.
See also: reap, sow

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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The provincial delegate of finance in Cunene, Cesar Lucas said 95 per cent of the reaped amount came from the custom revenues, key source of collection in the province, followed by the taxes and fees paid by businesses and individuals.
8, what accounts for a rise of 12,48 per cent of the reaped value, as compared to the same period of 2013.
The Giants claim that any loss in revenue would be more than supplanted by taxes reaped from the increased sale of merchandise, which will be facilitated by better retail spaces in the new stadium.
IT IS said that 'one reaps what one has sown' - and it seems that the poor victims of the terrorist attack on America have reaped what their country sowed nearly 20 years ago.
The Big Heist'' may be uninspiredly titled, but it's a fairly entertaining tale recalling a foolhardy, unlikely airport heist in 1978 that reaped a staggering $8 million in cash.
Last year, the firm reaped nearly $440 million-taking home $34 million in pure profit.
com, based in Norwalk, CT, has reaped and continues to reap tens of millions of dollars off consumers by illegally obtaining personal, private information, including credit card information, of visitors to its partners' websites.
Alger is alleged to have allowed market timing by select investors who reaped profits at the direct expense of a fund's long-term investors.
These efforts have reaped tangible rewards, perhaps most notably the resurgence of Broadway theaters, which have made headlines for filling seats in recent weeks.
45 on June 17, 2002, whereby the Company's top officers and directors reaped bonuses and insider trading proceeds, selling more than $500,000 worth of their own shares.
Leading companies and organizations worldwide have reaped the benefits of the IBM and Vality data quality initiative.
The company, Minelab International, a leading developer of metal-sensing technology, created the technology that was the catalyst to an Australian gold rush, which over a three-year period reaped an estimated $300 million for individual hobbyists, "weekend prospectors" and small-scale mining operators.
Eakin, a full-time prospector, has also reaped the benefits of the gold rush.
30, 1998--Rexall Sundown Inc, one of the largest distributors of consumer health products was today charged in a major class action law suit with making false and misleading statements to its shareholders while Rexall executives reaped more than $35 million of insider profits.
More than 290,000 customers worldwide have reaped the benefits of Net2Phone, and with this new dialing integration, we expect to attract a larger corporate clientele as well as increase our current residential customer base," said Net2Phone CEO Clifford Sobel.