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sow (or plant) dragon's teeth

Definition of sow or plant dragon's teeth in English:

Take action that is intended to prevent trouble, but which actually brings it about.
Example sentences
  • Punishing families and blowing up houses will only sow dragon's teeth.
  • And while it is currently less gory than the one perpetrated by suicide bombers, it is sowing dragon's teeth for the future.
  • The Treaty of Versailles sowed dragon's teeth, generations of enmity.
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