To Nip it in the Bud

Cortar un problema de tajo 

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Pictures taken from Google Images, “Nip it in the bud”
Click on the image to watch some scenes from the program, “The Andy Griffith Show”

Meaning:

If you nip a problem or a bad situation in the bud, you stop it at an early stage before it spreads, develops or becomes worse.

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Pictures taken from Google Images, “Nip it in the bud”
Click on the image to listen to the song “Nip it in the bud” ft. The B-52´s

Origin:

In the 1500´s, people used to say the expression “To nip it in the bloom” which literally means to prevent a flower from being born. What they meant was that they stopped something from developing since the very moment that it is starting. To nip means to stop something quickly and a bud is growth on a plant that will later become a flower.

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Pictures taken from Google Images, “Nip it in the bud”
Click on the image to listen to the song, “One more day” from the movie Les Miserables (Nip in the bud, 1:56)

Example:

•-Oh, my God, Chris! Did you know that two guys fought inside the school and in the heat of the fight one of them hurt the other with a knife? How come can someone sneak weapons into the school? I´m scared.
•-Don´t worry Sophie. Luckily, the dean took effective measures and metal detectors have been installed at the schools gates. Additionally, some policemen will be performing bodily inspections randomly.
•-I´m so glad that the dean nipped this problem in the bud.
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