NIP IN THE BUD
Meaning: To deal with a problem when it is still small, before it can grow into something serious.
Origin: This phrase clearly derives by allusion to the de-budding of plants. the earlier form of the phrase was 'nip in the bloom' and this is cited in Henry Chettle's romance "Piers Plainnes Seaven Yeres Prentiship" from 1595:
A version of the current 'bud' version of the phrase first appears in 1607, in Beaumont and Fletcher's comedy "Woman Hater".
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