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a budding genius
A young person who exhibits signs of great intelligence. This kid's a budding genius—have you seen the complex equations he can solve?
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!
1. Of a plant, to produce buds (which blossom into leaves or flowers). I love springtime, when flowers finally start budding up again.
2. To come suddenly into existence. Feelings of resentment began budding up inside of me. Vegan restaurants have been budding up all over town recently.
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[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.
a very bright and promising young person. Harry is a budding genius, but he seems like a fairly normal teenager.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.