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strangle sth at birth

to ​stop something at an early ​stage of ​itsdevelopment: The ​plan should have been ​strangled at ​birth.
(Definition of strangle sth at birth from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)