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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 with the intention of making them more likely to eventually support or agree with it. 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 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

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

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plant the seeds of something

COMMON
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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plant

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, someone, something
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Planting tools vary: hoedads, foot-long flat blades mounted on handles for scraping down to bare mineral soil around each planting site; long or short-handled shovels; pointed dibbles and augers for digging the hole.
And in the 1960s Lady Bird Johnson headed the Committee for a More Beautiful Capital, which planted thousands of trees in the District with an eye toward encouraging tree planting nationwide.
1 -- cover -- color) On the cover: Available in varying heights, cosmos are a hearty choice for spring planting.
This planting of 190,000 longleaf is part of an effort by the St.
To address that challenge, EPA's Browner in 1996 led an effort by the region's governors and the mayor of Washington, DC, to formally set as a goal planting 2,010 miles of riparian forest buffers by the year 2010.
Anemones, daffodils and ranunculus are ready for planting in October and November.
Before planting, though, the Division of Forestry must eradicate an invasive exotic, cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica), which has taken over about 5,000 acres of state land.
Harding joins one such planting in 1921 in New York's Central Park, and Mrs.
Prior to planting, what should be done with annual flowers growing in 4-inch or six-pack plastic cells?
Molly Feltham-Adams, a volunteer tree-planting trainer and landscape architect for Dade County public schools, showed volunteers - ages 6 to 74 - how to measure the distance from the side of a house to the planting location.
SANTA CLARITA - As the autumn planting season starts, this is a good time to review planting tips.
Capped landfills have great potential for tree planting but often go lacking, Tikkala says.
For instance, I recently saw such a layered look achieved by planting a row of burgundy-leafed shrubs known as fringe flower (Loropetalum chinense ``Burgundy'') in back, with a row of dwarf mock orange (Pittosporum Tobira ``Wheeleri'') in the middle, and a row of trailing lantana (Lantana montevidensis) in front.
For some entities--like nonprofit Trees Atlanta, the Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT), and Atlanta's Parks Department--the news intensified traditional yearly planting efforts.
Some gardeners pale at the thought of planting what are usually potted indoor plants in the ground outside.