nip something in the bud

nip something in the bud
informal
to stop a bad situation from becoming worse by taking action at an early stage of its development

We need to nip this bad behaviour in the bud.


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  • nip in the bud — verb /ˈnɪp.ɪn.ðəˈbʌd/ a) To remove a bud from a plant to prevent flower and fruit from forming. If you see a bad habit begin to develop, try to nip it in the bud so that it does not become ingrained, issues are easier to sort out the earlier they …   Wiktionary

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