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.


Nearby words

  1. bear,
  2. bear a grudge,
  3. bear animalcule,
  4. bear claw,
  5. bear down,
  6. bear garden,
  7. bear grass,
  8. bear hug,
  9. bear in mind,
  10. bear leader

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