the fruits of (one's) labor

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the fruits of (one's) labor

The outcome or rewards of one's work or efforts. You worked hard this semester, and straight A's are the fruits of your labor. Please, have some fresh strawberries—they're the fruits of my labor in the garden.
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fruits of one's labor(s)

Fig. the results of one's work. We displayed the fruits of our labor at the county fair. What have you accomplished? Where is the fruit of your labors?
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It was to the feet of Meriem that he brought the fruits of his labors. It was for Meriem more than for himself that he squatted beside his flesh and growled ominously at whosoever dared sniff too closely to it.
PBA star Scottie Thompson proudly showed the fruits of his labor, giving everyone a glimpse of his new home.
Owner and founder of the business retiring to enjoy the fruits of his labor. Unbelievable customer service has been this business's hallmark.
He worked hard but played hard too, and was committed to enjoying the fruits of his labor. He built a 60-acre farm in Rupert, Vermont, which his son called his "first real accomplishment," and was known to spend a lot of time there.
Throughout recorded history, man has yearned to be free -- to worship God; to live and travel where he pleases; to be the master of his own hearth; to choose his own vocation; to keep the fruits of his labor. So the Insiders, who conspire for a world without freedom, must obscure their global ambitions.
"The fruits of his labor are felt every day here," says Alora Haynes, the dance department colleague who brought Alonso to the college.
Earning a cool, six-figure salary with a plush office in the Big Apple, McPherson is enjoying the fruits of his labor. But his ascent to the upper echelons of the music industry was no cakewalk.
I got to know Williams as he was working on the book, appearing with him many times during the last year on the Fox News Channel, and I was very curious to see the fruits of his labor. Williams, like Marshall, has stirred up his share of controversy.
Thomsen and his wife enjoy driving along the Parkaway about 10 miles from his home, especially in spring when the fruits of his labor are in full bloom.
Mafundikwa, a Yale graduate and founder of the Zimbabwe Institute of Vigitel Arts in Harare, offers the fruits of his labors in Afrikan Alphabets.