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reap a/the harvest of (something)

To experience the consequences of some previous action or past event. You have three papers due on Monday? It sounds like you're reaping the harvest of your procrastination. Our students are unprepared for the workforce, and we are reaping a harvest of lowered standards.
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reap the harvest

1. If someone reaps the harvest of past actions, they benefit as a result of those actions. Note: To reap a crop such as corn means to cut and gather it. He's a player at the top of his game, reaping the harvest of his own hard work. In subsequent years he would reap the harvest of his excellent training..
2. If someone reaps the harvest, they suffer now because of mistakes that they made in the past. Note: To reap a crop such as corn means to cut and gather it. We are now as a nation reaping the harvest of the lack of attention to basics in language and numbers.
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reap the harvest (or fruits) of

suffer the results or consequences of.
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reap a/the ˈharvest

(British English) benefit or suffer as a direct result of something that you have done: His attacking policies have reaped a particularly good harvest overseas, where he is well known as a shrewd businessman.
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[k.sub.64] represents the rate of algae consumption by harvestable shrimp.
Over the 10 commercial seasons studied, the lobster fishery along the southern Orange County coastline began with generally steady catches, excluding 2004, but quickly declined with time likely due to a lack of harvestable individuals as time passed.
Annual radiation conversion efficiency into total biomass ([E.sup.T]) was 1.43% and 1.62%, and into harvestable biomass ([E.sub.h]) was 0-1.0% at the two locations.
There was high positive correlation (r = 0.94) between flowers and harvestable pods (Table 2).
It was estimated that under the rainfed condition, root biomass represented 40.5, 42, 39.9, 37.2, 31.4, and 34.1% of the harvestable above-ground biomass in the pots with unfertilised control, NP, NK, NPK, N + FYM, and NPK + FYM, respectively.
At age 35, stand 35B had 230 harvestable trees with a basal area of about 141 [ft.sup.2] per acre whereas stand 35A only had 130 harvestable trees with a basal area of about 106 [ft.sup.2] per acre.
Then a "salmon certificate" system is proposed as an alternative, under which the price mechanism would be used to ration harvestable salmon and the numerous advantages of transferable private property rights would be realized.
With China well on its way to becoming a hyper-power, the world needs to know whether the Middle Kingdom has such little regard for intrinsic value of human life that it treats some of its own citizens as mere harvestable crops."
VA 119 was about 97 cm tall, produced an average of 18 harvestable leaves when topped, and flowered about 71 d after transplanting.
Arable farmers looking for a profitable spring-sown break crop should consider growing a fully combine harvestable food-grade hemp, according to the Springdale Group.
"Then the Maryland and Virginia governments indicated that oysters in the Chesapeake Bay were now commercially extinct," Busch said, and they proposed what he called a "quick fix"--introducing disease-resistant, harvestable Asian oysters.
"We have worked out some very good alternative control tactics using EPA registered products, which provide efficacy and harvestable yields statistically comparable to methyl bromide in almost all trials," says Jack Norton, manager of the Interregional Research Project No.
"We're excited about the possibilities this technology offers in order to help our customers maximize their harvestable yields and ultimately be more profitable."
Aimed at both students and experts in plant physiology, this text reviews the ramifications, positive and negative, of global environment changes on the structure, function and harvestable yield of major field crops.
In the future, additional metadata formats might be harvestable as well, such as the ZeeRex format used by the Search and Retrieval Web/URL Service (SRW/U) protocol (ZeeRex, n.d.).