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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.
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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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bud up

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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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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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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sense bud

slang High-quality marijuana that does not contain seeds. "Sense" is actually a variant spelling of the slang term "sinse," a shortening of the Spanish word sinsemilla, meaning "without seed(s)." You only find skunk weed in that part of the country, so it's nice to be back here smoking some good sense bud.
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slang High-quality marijuana that does not contain seeds. A shortening of the Spanish word sinsemilla, meaning "without seed(s)." You only find skunk weed in that part of the country, so it's nice to be back here smoking some good sinse.

the darling buds of May

The flowers of early spring. The phrase comes from Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 ("rough winds do shake the darling buds of May"). I'm so sick of winter that I just can't wait for the darling buds of May to be in bloom.
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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

nip in the bud, to

To stop something before it can develop further. This analogy to an early spring frost that kills off flower buds dates from the sixteenth century. Sir Boyle Roche (1743–1807), a member of Parliament, was quoted in this memorable mixed metaphor: “Mr. Speaker, I smell a rat; I see him forming in the air and darkening the sky; but I’ll nip him in the bud.”
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This initiative is an outgrowth of Modern Buds overall philosophy of creating an embracing, welcoming environment.
The real fertility index of buds was obtained by dividing the number of shoots with inflorescences by the total number of buds of canes in each plant, left after pruning.
As the use of slide scanning and other digital technology becomes more routine in pathology, manual scanning and counting of tumor buds may be superseded by automated methods.
Taste buds constantly regenerate as the 50 to 100 cells inside them mature, die off and are replaced by new ones.
Flowers and leaves grow folded and packed inside buds according to patterns so intricate and specific that they warrant their own set of botanical terms.
With 2,000 plants to cover, De Guzman and his farm hands spend three hours to choose and harvest the mature buds.
Part of the art of dormant pruning is not only eyeballing the proper number of count buds, but also retaining them in a way that promotes uniform distribution of shoots along a fruiting wire (see photo at right).
Vital rates were calculated using per tiller estimates of buds and current year tillers of three tiller cohorts (current year (V and F), 1 y old ([RT.sub.1]) and [less than or equal to] 2 y old ([RT.sub.2]); Table 1).
Since the experiment ended after a month, the researchers can't say whether the mice with buds would have lived much longer.
The sprouted buds in each treatment were counted 70 days after budding and sprouting percentage of bud was calculated with the following formula:
Ron Harmon, the Montana entrepreneur who gave life to the world's largest tractor, bought the manufacturer Big Bud Inc.
Scientists have now discovered a novel and healthful substance that will help your skin stay young - an extract from the leaf buds of poplar trees!
Many researchers states that, when primary buds are damaged; secondary buds replaces them and the process keeps on.