plant the seeds

plant the seeds

1. To do something that ensures a certain outcome in the future, especially an unfortunate or tragic one. They've been planting the seeds of their own downfall with their anti-consumer practices over the last few years.
2. To cause someone to have certain thoughts or feelings, usually negative ones. The over-zealous policing of opposing opinions has planted the seeds of discontent among the population.
See also: plant, seed

plant the seeds of (something)

1. To do something that ensures a certain outcome in the future, especially an unfortunate or tragic one. They've been planting the seeds of their own downfall with their anti-consumer practices over the last few years.
2. To cause someone to have certain thoughts or feelings, usually negative ones. The over-zealous policing of opposing opinions has planted the seeds of discontent among the population.
See also: of, plant, seed
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The event took place on Wednesday when the team of volunteers met up before heading off to plant the seeds in brilliant sunshine.
In managing our resources and in sustainable development, we plant the seeds of peace.
I'm trying to plant the seeds in children's minds that this is something you can do to help the earth," the lanky and earnest Fromknecht says.
He knows that a few well-spoken or ill-spoken words can plant the seeds for future success or set the stage for future failures.
The characteristics of each plot of ground will be added to a database in a computer that will use the information beamed from the satellites to determine how much fertilizer or pesticide to apply to that spot or how far apart to plant the seeds.