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?
See also: fruit, labor, of
References in classic literature ?
Whole days have I passed in these Titanic efforts, considering my labor well repaid if, by night-time I had contrived to carry away a square inch of this hard-bound cement, changed by ages into a substance unyielding as the stones themselves; then to conceal the mass of earth and rubbish I dug up, I was compelled to break through a staircase, and throw the fruits of my labor into the hollow part of it; but the well is now so completely choked up, that I scarcely think it would be possible to add another handful of dust without leading to discovery.
I've chosen to value, instead, the fruits of my labor from my organic garden, the eggs and meat from my free-range chickens, and the dirt, sweat and tears spent caring for what nature provides.
I've got to enjoy the fruits of my labor somehow." Who says dreams don't come true?
"I'm enjoying the fruits of my labor right now," says Pattison.
If I will ever enjoy the fruits of my labor, I should enjoy them in this life.'