(sow the wind and) reap the whirlwind

(sow the wind and) reap the whirlwind
suffer serious consequences as a result of one's actions. [with biblical allusion to Hos. 8:7.]

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  • sow the wind and reap the whirlwind — ► (sow the wind and) reap the whirlwind suffer serious consequences as a result of one s actions. [ORIGIN: with biblical allusion to the Book of Hosea, chapter 8.] Main Entry: ↑whirlwind …   English terms dictionary

  • sow the wind and reap the whirlwind — To act wrongly and receive a crushing retribution • • • Main Entry: ↑wind …   Useful english dictionary

  • reap the whirlwind — ► (sow the wind and) reap the whirlwind suffer serious consequences as a result of one s actions. [ORIGIN: with biblical allusion to the Book of Hosea, chapter 8.] Main Entry: ↑whirlwind …   English terms dictionary

  • reap the whirlwind — (sow the wind and) reap the whirlwind suffer serious consequences as a result of one s actions Origin: with biblical allusion to Hos. 8:7 …   Useful english dictionary

  • sow the wind and to reap the whirlwind — v. start something small and end up with a major result …   English contemporary dictionary

  • they that sow the wind shall reap the whirlwind — The proverb is also used as a metaphorical phrase to sow the wind (and reap the whirlwind). With allusion to HOSEA viii. 7 (AV) They have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind. 1583 J. PRIME Fruitful & Brief Discourse II. 203 They who… …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • whirlwind — ► NOUN 1) a column of air moving rapidly round and round in a cylindrical or funnel shape. 2) a very energetic or tumultuous person or process. 3) (before another noun ) very rapid and unexpected: a whirlwind romance. ● (sow the wind and) reap… …   English terms dictionary

  • whirlwind — [hwʉrl′wind΄, wʉrl′wind΄] n. [ME whirlwynd, prob. based on ON hvirfilvindr] 1. a current of air whirling violently upward in a spiral motion around a more or less vertical axis that has a forward motion 2. anything resembling a whirlwind, as in… …   English World dictionary

  • wind — I n. /wind/ movement, current of air 1) an adverse; balmy, gentle, light; biting, cold, cutting, icy; brisk, heavy, high, stiff, strong; fair, favorable; gale force; gusty; head; raw; tail; trade wind 2) the prevailing winds 3) the wind blows;… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • whirlwind — noun 1》 a column of air moving rapidly round and round in a cylindrical or funnel shape. 2》 a very energetic or tumultuous person or process: a whirlwind of activity.     ↘[as modifier] very rapid and unexpected: a whirlwind romance. Phrases (sow …   English new terms dictionary

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