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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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In terms of edible food weight (Stanek et al., 2007), the Nunatsiavut migratory bird harvest contributes roughly 3038 kg (1.10 kg per person) of food for Nunatsiavut households, with a storebought exchange value of approximately $29,620.00 (frozen chicken at $9.75/kg).
First, harvests from thinning in moist forests can continue at current rates for only the next 20 to 25 years, at most.
Modeling fuel treatment costs that can be generalized for a diverse variety of harvesting prescriptions and systems, location, and plot characteristics require the development of harvesting costs for a large number of sites using more than one type of harvest. By using the Fuel Reduction Cost Simulator (FRCS, Fight et al.
The farms today annually produce close to 10 t of caviar, roughly equivalent to Russia's legal harvest of wild roe, says Doroshov, who has been a consultant since the project began.
At Pintendre in both cultivars, the fall harvests generally reduced pools of soluble proteins when compared with those of plants harvested only twice, with lesser or no effect with the longer regrowth interval between the second and the third harvests (600 GDD) (Fig.
Harvest work is available from October through to January, depending on site location and harvest conditions, at 67 locations across South Australia including the outskirts of Adelaide and western Victoria.
The ascorbic acid content of fresh fruits was the least (54.59 mg/100ml) in fruit harvested on November 15th and increased to the maximum (76.21 mg/100ml) in fruit harvested on January 15th, but declined significantly in fruit harvested on January 30th or February 15th.
Whereas cow harvests have the most potential to curb population growth and calf harvests can increase yield while having relatively little impact on population growth, hunters are often resistant to both strategies (Young and Boertje 2004, Nilsen and Solberg 2006, Young et al.
Experimental harvests may indicate potential effects of commercial harvest on sea urchin populations in Washington.
Wood in Canada is harvested and replanted in a continually regenerating cycle.
Someone harvested, processed, and formed the wood needed to create those items.
This new study looks at harvesting from the inside out, based on interviews with more than 20 entrepreneurs, investors and advisors who have been closely involved in a number of harvests. Many of the businessowners interviewed emphasize the importance of talking with other owners and investors who had been "in the trenches."
In the July 2007 issue of Transplant News I wrote a commentary calling for the transplant community to cease using the word "harvest" to describe the process a transplant team employs when it is retrieving, recovering, or procuring organs and tissues from a deceased donor.