nip (something) in the bud

Definition of nip (something) in the bud

informal

  1. :  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.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to catch hold of and squeeze tightly between two surfaces, edges, or points :  pinch, bite

    :  to pinch in (as a garment)

    :  to sever by or as if by pinching sharply

  1. :  something that nips: such as

    :  a sharp biting comment

    :  a sharp stinging cold

  1. :  a small quantity of liquor :  sip

    :  a very small bottle of liquor

  1. :  to take liquor in nips :  tipple

somethingplay
  1. :  some indeterminate or unspecified thing

    :  a person or thing of consequence

    :  one having more or less the character, qualities, or nature of something different

  1. :  in some degree :  somewhat

    : used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

  1. :  a small lateral or terminal protuberance on the stem of a plant that may develop into a flower, leaf, or shoot

    :  something not yet mature or at full development: such as

    :  an incompletely opened flower

  1. :  to set or put forth buds

    :  to commence growth from buds

    :  to grow or develop from or as if from a bud


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