nip in the bud

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Related to nip in the bud: without a hitch
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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."