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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 will foster all the germs of good in his nature—make them blossom and bear fruit.

    Little Eyolf Henrik Ibsen
  • I can keep on making efforts; who knows but some of them may bear fruit?

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • There start up ever and anon valuable hints that germinate and bear fruit in the mind.

  • It is simply a growth of the vine, produced by it and appointed to bear fruit.

  • Life is a fertile garden, full of plants that bud and blossom and bear fruit not once but every season while it lasts.

    The Beth Book Sarah Grand

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