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reap the whirlwind

To suffer the negative consequences of one's actions. This phrase originated in the Bible. If you don't do your homework now, you'll reap the whirlwind when you have to take your final exam.
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reap the whirlwind

LITERARY
If someone reaps the whirlwind, 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. The Government refused to tackle the problem at the time and it is now reaping the whirlwind. Note: This expression comes from the proverb sow the wind and reap the whirlwind and people sometimes use other parts of the whole expression. The Prime Minister is now reaping the economic whirlwind he helped to sow. Note: This is a quotation from the Bible. It refers to the punishment of the Israelites for disobeying God: `For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.' (Hosea 8:7)
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reap the whirlwind

suffer serious consequences as a result of your actions.
This expression alludes to the proverb they that sow the wind shall reap the whirlwind , which is taken from Hosea 8:7.
1998 Spectator A [political] party that thought all it had to do to keep Scotland happy was deliver devolution is instead reaping the whirlwind it sowed in the Eighties.
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(sow the wind,) reap the ˈwhirlwind

(especially American English) suffer as a result of your actions: We will reap the whirlwind of those actions for years, if not decades, to come.This expression comes from the Bible. A whirlwind is a strong wind that spins very fast and causes a lot of damage.
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reap the whirlwind

Suffer the consequences. Hosea 8:7's “For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind” has come to mean that evil deeds in the past will come back to haunt you. Another biblical verse with a similar admonition is Galatians 6:7's “Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” (used as the expression, “you'll reap what you sow”), and Proverbs 11:29's “He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind.” As yet another indication how popular references have shifted from the sacred to the profane, the contemporary equivalent is “Be aware of what you do, or else it may come back and bite you in the ass.”
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If we shrug and turn away we will reap the whirlwind. All of us.
They were, he observed grimly, sowing the wind and would reap the whirlwind. Churchill praised him as a man who would not flag or fail, someone who would fight to the finish whatever the cost.
Those who sow the wind reap the whirlwind! Not popular to say these things, but, alas, very necessary.
It is the under-50s who will have to reap the whirlwind.
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Unfortunately, all of us will have to reap the whirlwind.
If his colleagues do not, then they will reap the whirlwind.
There is not a shadow of doubt, which even the stupidest in our society can surely understand, that our grandchildren will inevitably reap the whirlwind of our present self-centred profligacy.
Once again blood flows in the streets of Britain As it flowed so many times before Are we now to reap the whirlwind Of this Middle Eastern war?
The party must now reap the whirlwind it created for a generation to come.
Pity no-one thought of warning parents buying mobile phones for their kids that they would ultimately reap the whirlwind.
Today there is much evidence that such prophetic voices were right; that we have sown the wind, and now we reap the whirlwind. What is that whirlwind?
If we fail to pay attention to such behaviour it will only increase and we shall all reap the whirlwind.
DURING the Second World War Arthur 'Bomber 'Harris said the Germans had 'sown the wind but would reap the whirlwind'.
GIANFRANCO ZOLA will order his West Ham players to carry the game to Manchester United at Old Trafford tonight - or reap the whirlwind.