While this outage was quickly nipped in the bud, the fact that there have been two other major outages this year doesn’t inspire confidence.—Victoria Song, The Verge, 16 Nov. 2023 There are zero excuses for this type of treatment, and matters will only be exacerbated if management fails to intervene and nip it in the bud.—Jack Kelly, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 Not just in a nipping, lifting, and shielding sort of way, but emotionally supportive?—Larissa Hofmann, Vogue, 17 Oct. 2023 When the air outside begins to nip, and the rest of the neighborhood is adorned in twinkle lights and strands of garland, my childhood home would fill with the smell of oil and crisping potatoes as my mother, Emily Angel Baer, transformed into the Latke Lady.—Rebecca Angel Baer, Southern Living, 16 Oct. 2023 Dramamine Non-drowsy Medication Motion sickness can rear its ugly head during the most inopportune times, so Stuckey recommends stocking up on a non-drowsy Dramamine ahead of your next flight to nip this issue in the bud.—Merrell Readman, Travel + Leisure, 14 Oct. 2023 Built in 1965 and sited on a quarter-plus-acre parcel that’s nipped down a pin-drop quiet cul-de-sac just below the Hollywood Sign, the private, low-slung home was updated and modernized in 1994 by avant-garde architect Michael Maltzan.—Mark David, Robb Report, 28 Sep. 2023 In 2022, it was reported that streaming, which had for years been nipping at the heels of broadcast television and cable, finally drew a higher viewership share than both, in the same month, for the first time.—Lili Loofbourow, Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2023 Mosquitoes got in and nipped at their ankles and wrists, some said.—Noah Goldberg, Los Angeles Times, 19 July 2023
This tiny manuscript shows that the paranormal nips at the heels of her most famous work, Jane Eyre.—V.m. Braganza, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 Oct. 2023 While dog lovers cherish their pets’ affection, their licks and nips can potentially spread harmful germs.—Rebecca Carballo, New York Times, 21 Oct. 2023 During a segment about Boston City Councilor Ricardo Arroyo’s plan to present a proposal to outlaw the small bottles, which often end up as litter, cohost Courtney Cox suggested that the show’s participants rank their favorite nips.—Chad Finn, BostonGlobe.com, 22 Mar. 2023 In these situations, the Hatch Essential Bra may become your go-to, since customers rave about how soft the fabric is, even for irritated nips.—Jasmine Gomez, Women's Health, 18 Aug. 2023 Whimsy also loves chasing the laser toy, cat nip toys, and bird wand toys.—The Republic, The Arizona Republic, 26 Aug. 2023 This extra, low-effort step makes guests feel especially welcome, as well as nips any potential musical chairs awkwardness in the bud.—Betsy Cribb Watson, Southern Living, 15 Aug. 2023 While the researchers think these tests suggest a shark would be tempted to take an exploratory nip out of a cocaine bale, not all shark researchers are taking the bait.—Jack Tamisiea, Scientific American, 26 July 2023 Similarly, small nips or nibbling can be part of grooming and your cat could just be trying to spiff you up a little.—Stephen C. George, Discover Magazine, 12 July 2023 See More
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Middle English nippen; akin to Middle Dutch nipen to pinch, Old Norse hnippa to prod