nip in the bud

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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.
The reality is that we'll hopefully smoke the peace pipe and now (have) figured out a way to communicate so Bob and I can talk so any issue we can nip in the bud quickly.