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in (the) bud

In an undeveloped, immature, or incipient state. Tommy has become quite a little painter in bud recently. The young dramatist's style led one reviewer to liken him to an Ibsen in the bud.
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bud out

Of a plant, to produce buds (which blossom into leaves or flowers). I'm so relieved to see that flower budding out—I thought I had killed it!
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bud scale

The hard, protective layer surrounding the buds of some plants. Oh, that's just a bud scale—your plant is fine.
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nip (something) in the bud

To stop, cease, or prevent something at the beginning or early phase, before it becomes too difficult or unmanageable. I've noticed that Tommy's getting in the bad habit of chewing with is mouth open. Let's nip that in the bud. Why don't you nip the issue in the bud before it starts affecting the entire user base?
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best bud

A very good or best friend. Carly's been my best bud for years—I can tell her anything.
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bud head

One who often drinks beer. I was a real bud head back in college, but now I enjoy wine more.
See also: bud, head

bud out

[for a flowering plant or tree] to develop buds. How early in the spring do the trees bud out around here? The trees bud out in early spring.
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nip something in the bud

Fig. to put an end to something before it develops into something larger. (Alludes to destroying a flower bud before it blooms.) I wanted to nip that little romance in the bud. The whole idea was nipped in the bud.
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nip in the bud

Halt something at an early stage, or thoroughly check something. For example, By arresting all the leaders, they nipped the rebellion in the bud. This metaphoric expression, alluding to a spring frost that kills flower buds, was first recorded in a Beaumont and Fletcher play of 1606-1607.
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nip something in the bud

1. If you nip a bad situation or bad behaviour in the bud, you stop it at an early stage. It is important to recognize jealousy as soon as possible and to nip it in the bud before it gets out of hand.
2. If you nip something good in the bud, you stop it before it can develop. The higher prices would fuel inflation and nip the consumer recovery in the bud. Note: This expression may refer to extremely cold weather damaging a plant and stopping it flowering. Alternatively, it may refer to a gardener pruning a plant in bud to prevent it flowering.
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nip something in the bud

suppress or destroy something at an early stage.
This phrase refers to the horticultural practice of pinching out plant buds to prevent the development of shoots or flowers. Nip in this sense was used figuratively in the late 16th century, and nip in the bud in the early 17th century.
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nip something in the ˈbud

stop something in its early stages because you think it is dangerous to let it develop: This problem needs to be nipped in the bud before it is too late.I think that the government’s new proposal should be quickly nipped in the bud. OPPOSITE: let something ride
See also: bud, nip, something

best bud

n. a best buddy; a best friend. Isn’t Bill your best bud? Why are you so mad at him?
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n. a Budweiser beer; any beer. (see also budhead.) How ’bout one of them buds in a green bottle?


and sense (bud) (sɪnts and ˈsɛnts (bəd))
n. seedless marijuana. (Drugs. From Spanish sinsemilla, “seedless.”) Where’s the sinse I was saving? Tom only gets high on sense bud.

sense bud

See sinse
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Bud thinks of that night, bringing the tea to Nora in bed.
Compound bud and bud are the two terms that are mostly confused (Agaoglu 2002).
Students are asked to "adopt" a terminal bud on a tree in their yard to study, observe, and measure from its dormant stage in winter until it blooms in spring.
Oliver Stone's Wall Street chronicles Bud Fox's struggle to make his mark in the world of high finance.
As a reflection of the brand's appeal to a diverse group of beer drinkers, in key Latino markets Bud Light's new secondary packaging will include a Spanish-language version featuring the tagline "Tomabilidad Superior" (superior drinkability).
said Bud, "but I simply could not put my finger on what was wrong.
The family believe Bud, seven, was thanking them for saving him from being put down as a puppy.
McGlynn recalls that when he called Colebrooke to thank him, he also suggested that the money be used to place a "play structure" in Dugger Park, located in the neighborhood where Bud grew up.
Bud tried unsuccessfully to persuade Fred to give him the crawler.
2% abv brew, Bud Super Strong, is already available in the Czech Republic and features the Bud name prominently on its label.
We conducted a study to investigate whether taste buds are present on the human adult uvula.
Uncle Bud had spent his whole life in Michigan working for Ford.
He said a sampaguita shrub should also be pruned and defoliated at least once a year to initiate flowering and enhance bud production.
Four year-old Bud, right, an American Bulldog, had been out walking with his owner Emma Charlton, 22, from Wavertree, for just 10 minutes when began to struggle to breathe.
A critical assessment of your pruning job is best accomplished between bud break and bloom.