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plant a/the seed of doubt (in someone's mind)

To cause someone to have doubts, worries, or concerns (about something); to introduce someone to a doubtful or worrisome idea. The candidate was doing very well in the polls six months ago, but it seems that this smear campaign has been effective in planting a seed of doubt in the minds of voters. Recent economic turbulence in the Eurozone has planted the seed of doubt about the strength of the economy's recovery. Every time you act suspiciously like that, it plants a seed of doubt in my mind about your fidelity.
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soap plant

Any plant that produces a lather that can be used for cleansing. Examples include the California soap plant, the soapberry, and the soapwort. My mom makes all-natural soap out of soap plants.
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plant a seed

1. To lay the groundwork for something that can develop or expand in the future. By involving the community in our plans, we hope to plant a seed for an event that will grow into a neighborhood tradition for years to come.
2. To introduce an idea to someone that they may eventually support or agree with. I casually mentioned the idea of my mom watching Noah some weekends. Just planting a seed so she might be open to it down the line.
See also: plant, seed

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.
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plant something in something

1. Lit. to set out a plant in something; to sow seeds in something. Are you going to plant tomatoes in these pots? What have you planted in the garden?
2. Fig. to put an idea in someone's brain, head, or thinking. Who planted that silly idea in your head? I want to plant this concept in her thinking.
3. Fig. Inf. to conceal something in something. The crook planted the money in the back of the refrigerator. What did the cops plant in your pockets?
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plant something on someone

1. to hide incriminating evidence on a person for later discovery and use in prosecution. (Drugs. Allegedly a police practice used to entrap drug offenders.) The cops planted crack on Richard and then arrested him for carrying it. Don't touch me! You'll plant something on me!
2. to conceal narcotics or other contraband on an unsuspecting person for the purpose of smuggling. (This person will bear the risk of discovery and arrest.) The crooks planted the stuff on a passenger, but couldn't find him when the plane landed. Someone had planted coke on me, and the airport security officer found it.
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sow the seeds of something


plant the seeds of something

1. If something or someone sows or plants the seeds of a future problem, they start the process which causes that problem to develop. An incident then occurred that was to sow the seeds of the invasion's eventual failure. It was this racist policy that planted the seeds of today's crisis in Africa.
2. You can also sow or plant the seeds of something good or something that you want to happen. With this overall strategy, they hope to sow the seeds of economic recovery. Ministers had spent five years planting the seeds of reform. I had planted the seeds of doubt in their minds.
See also: of, seed, something, sow

plant/sow the ˈseeds of something

start a process which will develop into something large, important, etc: What first planted the seeds of doubt in your mind?The seeds of conflict were sown when oil was discovered on the border between the two countries.
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1. tv. to strike a blow (to a particular place on someone). The boxer planted a good blow on his opponent’s shoulder.
2. n. a spy who secretly participates in criminal activities in order to inform on the criminals. Don’t tell everything you know. You don’t know who’s a plant and who isn’t.

plant something on someone

1. tv. to hide incriminating evidence on a person for later discovery and use in prosecution. (see also flake.) The cops planted snow on Bart and then arrested him for carrying it.
2. tv. to conceal narcotics or other contraband on an unsuspecting person for the purpose of smuggling. (This person will bear the risk of discovery and arrest.) The crooks planted the stuff on a passenger but couldn’t find him when the plane landed.
See also: on, plant, something
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When Headley began tree planting in 1978, "I thought I'd died and gone to heaven," she says.
For fail planting, you can acquire the seeds, roots, orrhizomes from a friend or supplier or from your harvest earlier in the year; planting in the fall allows the seedling or newly transplanted plant to get used to the soft and the environment and slowly get settled for the rapid growth in the spring.
His efforts to improve Washingtonians' quality of life by planting 60,000 trees gave the city its famous moniker, "City of Trees.
During 2004 when cold, wet early spring conditions caused many farmers in the northern Corn Belt to miss their optimum planting dates, and lack of heat units in the spring and summer caused slower corn growth than normal, Intellicoat Early Plant coated corn delivered important benefits in yield and dry-down versus corn planted after the optimum period.
Impatiens - right now they are planting them like crazy,'' Wright says.
There is also growing interest in planting longleaf on private timberland for its high-quality wood.
There should be at least 5 feet between plants, preferably more when planting unless planting a hedge, when a distance of 3 feet between plants is recommended.
It will require a change in how we care for the land - all of the land - and it will be abated largely by the cumulative effect of millions of smaller actions, like planting trees.
While gardens in colder climates are now put to bed for winter, another planting season is beginning here.
For example, in western North Carolina, planting native serviceberry, dogwood, hawthorn, viburnum, or fringetree rather than exotic crabapples, cherries, or plums will give you a hardier flowering display that is more wildlife-friendly.
Unemployment in the area is high, and the project will provide short-term employment in the nursery and for the planting.
Perhaps all these plants are consumed by snails the moment they are placed in the ground, or perhaps they die or suffer irreversible trauma between the moment they are loaded in the car and the moment of planting.
Butterfly enthusiasts quickly learn that simply planting certain types of flowers to attract butterflies is only part of the picture when gardening with butterflies in mind.
Tree planting is a popular pastime of late, but it's been a tradition at AMERICAN FORESTS since the organization's founding in 1875.
Recently, I was reminded of the annual flower dilemma through an e-mail from Marilyn Minkle of Tarzana, who mentioned plants she had purchased with ``roots encased in a square of planting mix and roots.