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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 starts affecting the entire user base?
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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
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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 Light will significantly expand its presence across premiere league events, serving as the presenting sponsor of Thursday Night Football, a sponsor of the NFL Draft, and a sponsor of NFL Kickoff.
The sprouted buds in each treatment were counted 70 days after budding and sprouting percentage of bud was calculated with the following formula:
The volunteer took Liesl out and let Bud lead her around with a paper leash.
The purpose of this activity is to give you a front-row seat to observe the development of a bud from winter dormancy until the contents of the bud are fully exposed.
Bud sits at the fulcrum between the two strong masculine influences: his actual father, Carl, from whom he siphons financial and emotional support; and his dream father, someone big enough to raise him into the ranks of the Wall Street elite.
To test their hypothesis, the researchers first worked with taste buds removed from normal mice.
Denis Cox, a spokesman for the Budejovicky Budvar brewery, said: "Anheuser-Busch objected to the idea of us using Bud and now we are allowed to share the territory.
The discussion of taste buds is usually limited to receptors on the tongue, but some authors have investigated the number and distribution of taste receptors on other human tissues.
Anyone who has heard of these epicormic shoots knows that they sprout from small dormant buds buried in the outer bark of the tree.
The sound of the window was comforting to me because I knew Bud was praying, and I knew that I was praying, so I figured that things would work out.
Bud is a pint-sized philosopher with a rule to help him make sense of every curveball life might pitch his way.
Bud Light is the ideal summer beverage, but you could have it all year
Yet again a lady brought up the point that several weeks ago every bud fell off one of her Camellias but not the one next to it.
The first Bud's Discount City opened in 1990 and derives its name from Bud Walton, brother of Wal-Mart founder Sam.
The series began with 1985's I've a Feeling We're Not in Kansas Anymore, a catchy collection of stories about a gay Manhattanite named Bud (presumably Mordden himself) and his oddball friends.