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common gardening terms used in business
Eliminate the less worthy, (remove the weeds
from the flower bed)
The personnel manager has to finish weeding
out the job candidates by Friday.
Plant a seed
State a new idea, but follow up with details
at a later date
Ueno-san planted the seed for his proposal,
but won't explain it fully until the next board meeting.
Reap what one sows
Get the outcome one deserves
Uchiya-san reaped what she sowed; her thorough preparation made her presentation a huge success.
Also used negatively, No one was surprised when Kaz was fired for missing work; he reaped what he sowed.
Fruits of one's labor
Rewards for hard work, or profits
Mune-san, our accountant, estimates that we won't enjoy the fruits of our labor until mass production begins in 2005.
Everything's coming up roses
All looks very positive, optimistic
Tomoko-san's hard work on the export project is the reason everything is coming up roses.