To nip in the bud
Nip Nip, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Nipped}, less properly {Nipt}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Nipping}.] [OE. nipen; cf. D. niipen to pinch, also knippen to nip, clip, pinch, snap, knijpen to pinch, LG. knipen, G. kneipen, kneifen, to pinch, cut off, nip, Lith. knebti.] 1. To catch and inclose or compress tightly between two surfaces, or points which are brought together or closed; to pinch; to close in upon. [1913 Webster]

May this hard earth cleave to the Nadir hell, Down, down, and close again, and nip me flat, If I be such a traitress. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

2. To remove by pinching, biting, or cutting with two meeting edges of anything; to clip. [1913 Webster]

The small shoots . . . must be nipped off. --Mortimer. [1913 Webster]

3. Hence: To blast, as by frost; to check the growth or vigor of; to destroy. [1913 Webster]

4. To vex or pain, as by nipping; hence, to taunt. [1913 Webster]

And sharp remorse his heart did prick and nip. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

{To nip in the bud}, to cut off at the very commencement of growth; to kill in the incipient stage. [1913 Webster]


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  • nip in the bud — To destroy or put a stop to (something) at its very beginning • • • Main Entry: ↑bud nip in the bud see under ↑bud1 • • • Main Entry: ↑nip * * * nip (something) in the bud see ↑nip …   Useful english dictionary

  • nip in the bud — nip (something) in the bud to prevent a small problem from getting worse by stopping it soon after it starts. The strike was nipped in the bud by some clever negotiation …   New idioms dictionary

  • 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

  • nip in the bud —    If you nip a problem or an unacceptable situation in the bud, you stop it at an early stage, before it develops or becomes worse.     He wanted to be a clown, but his parents soon nipped that idea in the bud …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • nip in the bud — prevent at the start They found out about the computer problem but were able to nip the problem in the bud …   Idioms and examples

  • nip in the bud — {v. phr.} To check at the outset; prevent at the start; block or destroy in the beginning. * /The police nipped the plot in the bud./ * /The teacher nipped the disorder in the bud./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • nip in the bud — {v. phr.} To check at the outset; prevent at the start; block or destroy in the beginning. * /The police nipped the plot in the bud./ * /The teacher nipped the disorder in the bud./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • nip\ in\ the\ bud — v. phr. To check at the outset; prevent at the start; block or destroy in the beginning. The police nipped the plot in the bud. The teacher nipped the disorder in the bud …   Словарь американских идиом

  • nip in the bud — idi to stop (something) before it can develop or mature (in the earliest stages): an ambitious project nipped in the bud …   From formal English to slang

  • nip in the bud — Synonyms and related words: annihilate, bereave of life, block, brake, carry away, carry off, chloroform, cut down, cut off, cut short, deadlock, deprive of life, destroy, dispatch, dispose of, do away with, do for, do to death, end, execute,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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