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the bitter fruit(s)

The negative consequences of something. The economy is in shambles, and unemployment and underemployment are the bitter fruits.
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As another instance of these bitter fruits of conquest, and perhaps the strongest that can be quoted, we may mention, that the Princess Matilda, though a daughter of the King of Scotland, and afterwards both Queen of England, niece to Edgar Atheling, and mother to the Empress of Germany, the daughter, the wife, and the mother of monarchs, was obliged, during her early residence for education in England, to assume the veil of a nun, as the only means of escaping the licentious pursuit of the Norman nobles.
- I have done very, very wrong, I know; but, as usual, I have reaped the bitter fruits of my own error, - and must reap them to the end.'
Never before had I seen such an absolute devotion to the idea of duty, and such a complete indifference to its bitter fruits.
The old man was cruelly hurt by this tacit insult; he gathered in this one moment the bitter fruits of the training he had given to his daughter.
Then, bending over with a short laugh, he gave my ear the bitter fruit of it.
But it was as if they both had taken a bite of the same bitter fruit. He was thinking with mournful regret not unmixed with surprise: "That fellow Fyne has been telling me the truth.
Will the nation reap the bitter fruits of such indulgences is a question that shall have an answer by the end of this year.
Mercedes' five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton endured the "bitter fruits' of a clear mistake by his team's strategy to nurse his car to victory at Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix achieving what he himself had at some point during the race, thought impossible.
He said nobody would be allowed to politicise the Sindh Police yet again as 'we are reaping the bitter fruits of previous conspiracies that undermined law and order in Sindh'.
He said independence and professional of police is a very crucial issue and we would not allow anyone to politicize Sindh police yet again, as we are reaping the bitter fruits of previous conspiracies to harm law and order in Sindh including Karachi by politically interfering into professional matters of our police.
/ I drank from crude stills, distilled bitter fruits. / Mosquitoes swarmed and shape-shifted, // droned sad songs around my head.
Workers holding lowly jobs at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) have been reaping the bitter fruits of the tanim-bala (bullet-planting) scheme that victims suspect was an extortion scheme of unscrupulous airport personnel.
"During the dire years of the genocide of the Armenians, millions of our people were uprooted and massacred in a premeditated manner, passed through fire and sword, tasted the bitter fruits of torture and sorrow," Karekin II, the head of the Armenian Apostolic Church said at the ceremony.
"We'll not negotiate with the Kenyan govt as long as its forces are invading our country, so reap the bitter fruits of your harvest," al-Shabab said in a tweet.
" Every new generation of Kashmir harvests the bitter fruits of Abdullah's political blunders.