in (the) bud

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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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As well as giving away the soil, neighbourhood officers are encouraging allotment holders to sign up to a new Allotment Watch crime prevention scheme to "help nip problems in the bud".
"We want to nip any potential for break-ins in the bud by reminding residents to take care."
Worm In The Bud by June Duncan Owen is an engaging tale a man called Lewis, and his peculiar despondence from his beloved wife and family upon approach of their wedding anniversary.
Presto change-o in the bud department makes you a fair weather friend--you're around when things are good and disappear when something (a party at the most popular girl's house) or someone "more important" (a crush) comes along.
"There has been a general upward trend in this type of incident which we are keen to nip in the bud."
They're recognizing the need to act fast and with compassion, to nip crises in the bud, and to prepare by storing up chips.