nip (something) in the bud

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Definition of nip (something) in the bud

informal
: to stop (something) immediately so that it does not become a worse problem Inflation will only get worse if the government doesn't do something right now to nip it in the bud.

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“Nip (something) in the bud.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nip%20%28something%29%20in%20the%20bud. Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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