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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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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

COMMON
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.
See also: bud, nip, something

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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Sad to see that such an effective way of dumping somebody has been nipped in the bud.
Ms Smith insisted the key to tackling crime was early intervention, insisting: "One of the things I have learnt about anti-social behaviour is that it needs to be nipped in the bud".
This one has to be nipped in the bud or are we going to bend over and take it without a fight as usual
Local problems could be reported quickly and the loutish behaviour so common these days could be nipped in the bud.
THERE really is no such thing as bad publicity and suggestions that Janet Jackson's career might be nipped in the bud by her Superbowl peek-a-boo show are way off beam.
Swishing and swaying in hail, rain and snow Imagine in summer a fantastic glow Imagine it all before life began Imagine a baby in a mother's womb Just like a forest it will flourish and bloom It has all the necessities nature provides Well nourished and safe with a right to survive Just like the forest perfect and clean Along comes a baby a mother's dream Then imagine the forest destroyed by a storm The dream would be shattered and sad for all Imagine the baby it needs to grow It's nourished,protected and helped to glow Then along comes a drug storm sometimes unseen It destroys our children and shatters our dreams Imagine an answer if only I could But drugs destroy lives and should be nipped in the bud.
This problem should have been nipped in the bud a long time ago.
This petty plant crime if not nipped in the bud now could lead to some of us OAPs going on to more serious criminal activity like vandalising bowling greens, smashing up bus shelters,mugging old ladies,etc.
This must be nipped in the bud before it is too late.