reap what one sows

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of reap what one sows

:to experience the same kind of things that one has caused other people to experience
  • If you're rude to everyone, you'll reap what you sow.

Word by Word Definitions

reap play
  1. : to cut with a sickle, scythe, or reaping machine

  2. : to clear of a crop by reaping

  3. : to gather by reaping : harvest

what play
  1. used as an interrogative expressing inquiry about the identity, nature, or value of an object or matter

  2. often used to ask for repetition of an utterance or part of an utterance not properly heard or understood

  3. : who

  1. : why

  2. : in what respect : how

  1. used as an interrogative expressing inquiry about the identity, nature, or value of a person, object, or matter

  2. : how remarkable or striking for good or bad qualities

  3. : whatever

sow play sows
  1. : an adult female swine

  2. : a channel that conducts molten metal to molds

  3. : a mass of metal solidified in such a mold : ingot

  1. : to plant seed for growth especially by scattering

  2. : to set something in motion : begin an enterprise

  3. : to scatter (seed) upon the earth for growth


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