nip (something) in the bud


: 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.

Examples of nip (something) in the bud in a Sentence

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“Nip (something) in the bud.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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