reap what (one) sows

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reap what (one) sows

To suffer the negative consequences of one's actions. Of course you're being investigated for tax fraud—you've spent years trying to avoid paying them. You reap what you sow. He likes to stay up way too late, but he'll reap what he sows when he starts falling asleep in class.
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reap what you sow

If someone reaps what they sow, they suffer or benefit as a result of their own actions. Note: To reap a crop such as corn means to cut and gather it. Parents who neglect their children will reap what they sow. It seems to me that if we neglect these people in our society, we should expect to reap what we sow. Note: People sometimes use the more formal expressions as you sow, so shall you reap or as we sow, so shall we reap. Our future lies in our own hands. Let us ensure that it is ethical and spiritual, for without doubt as we sow so shall we reap! Note: This is based on a quotation from the Bible: `Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.' (Galatians 6:7)
See also: reap, sow, what
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