sow the seeds of

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sow the seeds of something

to do something that will cause an unpleasant situation in the future He may be sowing the seeds of his own destruction by using violence against his people.
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Its inevitable tendency, whenever it is brought into activity, must be to enfeeble the Union, and sow the seeds of discord and contention between the federal head and its members, and between the members themselves.
PPS is a condition that makes life harder for those living with polio, and its impact will be felt in this country for many years to come, hence the need to Sow the Seeds of Hope, and the planting of seeds is a fun way of getting younger generations involved in an enjoyable and educational way.
It is time to sow the seeds of a few selected plants - indoors.
Summary: <p>Senior Shiite cleric Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah and Progressive Socialist Party (PSP) leader MP Walid Jumblatt on Wednesday stressed on the need to face US-Israeli schemes that aim to "weaken Lebanon's domestic front and sow the seeds of inter-Muslim strife.
The information and experience they have shared with me has helped sow the seeds of what we all hope will be a successful business.
But as he watched his charges learning the phonetic alphabet and transforming dots and dashes into letters, Hutchinson smiled with pride, hoping that teaching the basics of electronics and communication would sow the seeds of future innovation.
In the meantime Catholics can do their part, as Dawson suggested, to sow the seeds of doubt in the minds of these secular idealists.