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bear fruit

Yield results, have a favorable outcome, as in This new idea of his is bound to bear fruit. This metaphoric term, first recorded in 1879, transfers the production of fruit by a tree or plant to other kinds of useful yield.
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  • I can keep on making efforts; who knows but some of them may bear fruit?

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • It is simply a growth of the vine, produced by it and appointed to bear fruit.

  • Other plants can for a time dispense with it, and yet bear fruit: the vine must have it.

  • A native peach does well, and will bear fruit in two years from seed.

    The Hawaiian Islands The Department of Foreign Affairs
  • "God grant that your sacrifice may bear fruit," I said, and left her.

    The Bronze Hand Anna Katharine Green (Mrs. Charles Rohlfs)

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