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I was wondering if anyone knew any other phrases or idiom's for 'the fruit's of our/your labour'? I wanted to use it in the context, of a graduation speech, on how hard they've worked and how far they've come, that they're now about to receive the degree they've been working so hard for, over the last few years. Thanks.

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The Apostrophe Police are going to be all over your case there. Might want to move your posting outside their jurisdiction before it’s too late. – tchrist May 18 '14 at 3:22
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You can use the expression:

To reap the benefits of one's work, meaning to collect the positive results of your work.

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Thanks heaps, I completely forgot about that one! – Caley May 19 '14 at 8:23

By dint of is an idiom that speaks of:

because of something; due to the efforts of something. (Dint is an old word meaning 'force,' and it is never used except in this phrase.) They got the building finished on time by dint of hard work and good organization. By dint of much studying, John got through college.

Hard miles:

If you have done the hard miles, you have done the hard difficult work and that makes you eligible to comment or participate in something.

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I've never heard of 'dint' before, until now, it's a really unique and useful word - thanks. – Caley May 18 '14 at 4:16
Look for the kids to check their iPhones ;-) – Third News May 18 '14 at 4:18

Perhaps (y)our {just / well-deserved / well-merited} reward.

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How about the sweat of your brow?

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I think the one that probably comes closest is hard work pays off.

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Consider the expression blood, sweat, and tears.

blood, sweat, and tears: (fig.) the signs of great personal efforts.


After years of blood, sweat, and tears, they finally earned a college degree.

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That seems a little overdramatic. – Ypnypn May 18 '14 at 16:36

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