To nip in the bud

Also found in: Idioms.
Related to To nip in the bud: without a hitch, take a stab at something
to cut off at the very commencement of growth; to kill in the incipient stage.

See also: Nip

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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He stressed: "It is an emerging issue that we want to nip in the bud now before it becomes something that is a genuine worry for parents and pupils."
Something else we ought to nip in the bud is the racial rantings of some members of the black and Asian police officers' association.
"There has been a general upward trend in this type of incident which we are keen to nip in the bud."