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Nip in the bud

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Nip in the bud to cut off in the earliest stage
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Idioms

Nip it in the bud - If you nip something in the bud, you deal with a problem when it is still small, before it can grow into something serious.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From root of knife; Dut. knijpen, Ger. kneipen, to pinch.

Usage

In literature:

I figure they do that to nip any escape attempts in the bud.
"A Yankee Flier Over Berlin" by Al Avery
I've nipped your invasion in the bud.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, November, 1930" by Various
Here was something that must be nipped in the bud, instantly and courageously.
"Robinetta" by Kate Douglas Wiggin
I have nipped many treasons in the bud.
"The Fifth Queen" by Ford Madox Ford
Bateato's entrance had nipped another idea in the bud.
"Officer 666" by Barton W. Currie
Could not she nip the first in the bud, and sterilise the rest?
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
And certainly the clever schemes of the plotting nephew would be nipped in the bud.
"Jack Winters' Campmates" by Mark Overton
If her daughter comes, Oliver, it is all the more reason why I should be here, ready to nip any notion of reconciliation in the bud.
"Brooke's Daughter" by Adeline Sergeant
But again and again German culture has been nipped in the bud.
"German Problems and Personalities" by Charles Sarolea
A triumphant reaction nipped in the bud this movement towards emancipation, with all its hopes.
"Contemporary Russian Novelists" by Serge Persky
It would be as well to nip any nonsense of that sort in the bud.
"A Daughter of the Forest" by Evelyn Raymond
She might suspect, but this possible burst of jealousy had been nipped in the bud.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
In any case, Fowle resolved to nip the project in the bud.
"The Bartlett Mystery" by Louis Tracy
Were our preparations to be nipped in the bud, after all?
"On the right of the British line" by Gilbert Nobbs
An attempt to move the adjournment was nipped in the bud by the SPEAKER.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 158, June 16, 1920" by Various
And now you come and nip my hopes in the bud like this.
"Cleek of Scotland Yard" by Thomas W. Hanshew
The thing must never be put to a trial, but be at once nipped in the bud.
"A Struggle for Rome, v. 3" by Felix Dahn
But this was nipped in the bud by a second glance at the envelope.
"Aletta" by Bertram Mitford
I'll order the car for you later on, and you must take half a dozen remedies to-night, to nip it in the bud.
"Lady Cassandra" by Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
If only in her young mistress's interest, the atrocious thing must be nipped in the bud.
"A Traitor's Wooing" by Headon Hill
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In poetry:

And I know that the years are the slow sure frost
That will nip with a bitter breath
The sweet green buds, till their bloom be lost
In a shadow like that of death.
"The Autumn Walk" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

Should the baring-your-bosom trend be nipped in the bud.
Mama tried to raise me better and nipped my sports writing career in the bud.
Nipping Jobs in the Bud.
Nipping a nasty rumor in the bud.
Nipping PTSD in the Bud.
The old saying "nipped in the bud" has rarely seemed more real than what we experienced this spring when two weeks of unusual heat for the season were followed by two weeks of intense cold.
I'd like to nip this in the bud.
Trajenta 's German Renaissance Nipped In The Bud .
Effective bed bug monitors are badly needed to save money, provide peace of mind and nip bed bug infestations in the bud.
Mr Petschar is an awesome principal at the elementary grade level, who will nip any problems in the bud and will not put up with bullying, period.
An insurance fraud scheme was nipped in the bud with the indictment of an agent who wrote false claims.
Nipping burglary in the bud.
Designed for kids, these contacts would nip myopia in the bud.
Here's what you need to do to nip it in the bud.
After her parents nipped her horse-owning dreams in the bud, German-based Regina Mayer didn't give up.
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