Meaning of “nip something in the bud” in the English Dictionary

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"nip something in the bud" in American English

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nip something in the bud

to stop something before it has an opportunity to develop:

We have to nip these money problems in the bud before we get into real trouble.

(Definition of “nip something in the bud” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)