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nip sth in the bud

to ​stop something before it has an ​opportunity to ​becomeestablished: Many ​seriousillnesses can be ​nipped in the ​bud if they are ​detected early enough. It's ​important to nip this ​kind of ​bullying in the ​bud.
(Definition of nip sth in the bud from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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