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    Default nip in the bud

    What´s the difference between the expressions to root out something and to nip something in the bud? What words are most commonly used with the second one?

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    Default Re: nip in the bud

    When you nip something in the bud you take action to prevent something from becoming a bigger problem. Example:
    Let's nip it in the bud. Let's take care of the problem before it gets out of hand.

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    Default Re: nip in the bud

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    When you nip something in the bud you take action to prevent something from becoming a bigger problem. Example:
    Let's nip it in the bud. Let's take care of the problem before it gets out of hand.
    Think of a bush that you don't want to get any bigger - you have to use a tool to cut it back if you leave it too long; but when buds form, you can nip them off with your fingers and prevent a new branch growing there.

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    'A tool' ? I was cutting back a hedge this morning, and used five or six.

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    Default Re: nip in the bud

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    'A tool' ? I was cutting back a hedge this morning, and used five or six.

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    Those darn things grow fast. (At least, that's the way I remember it.)


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