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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

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.
See also: of, plant, seed, something, sow
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While you are planting the seed, he cries -- "Drop it, drop it -- cover it up, cover it up -- pull it up, pull it up, pull it up." But this was not corn, and so it was safe from such enemies as he.
"It's been good fun planting the seeds and seeing the children always brightens the day.
The association (MAF) coordinated a host of industry events across Florida for the day: Spec Mix Bricklayer 500 at the A1 Block plant in Sanford, determining "Who is Florida's best bricklayer?"; an educational event, "Addressing the Needs of the Florida Masonry Industry and Planting the Seeds for a Secure Future," with special focus on the state's mason labor shortage, apprentice training, contractor continuing education, masonry market information, and the MAF Certified Mason Contractor Program.
Out in the countryside farmers are busy making preparations for planting the seeds that will produce their harvest later in the year.
After collecting seeds in the park children will then be able to decorate plant pots using colourful leaves before planting the seeds they've found.
Just a week or so after planting the seeds, your child can tuck in to an egg and cress sandwich.
You may very well be planting the seeds that will bring the separate school system to an end in this province.
Her approach enables beginners to play intricate melodies almost from the first lesson, simultaneously planting the seeds for easily interpreting sheet music.
The resulting combination is a pleasingly deep voice that provides a fascinating intellectual experience by offering insights into the human psyche, and skillfully planting the seeds of introspection.
Critics say the textbooks are planting the seeds of hatred.
They are planting the seeds, and with the money they make, other projects are seeded."
"In a very real sense, community-based markets are about connecting farmers to consumers -- planting the seeds to grow sustainable agriculture with rural development," says Lauren Smith, PASA administrative director in Millheim, Pa., geographically near the center of the state.
"You get high production, so why not plant it?" says Farmer An Deyin who has been planting the seeds for two years.
By honoring the giants of today, we are planting the seeds for the next generation to ensure that there are giants in the future.