Synonyms of 'nip something in the bud'
▷ See nip
thwartDictionary, check, frustrate
It is important to recognize jealousy and to nip it in the bud before it gets out of hand.
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To check something, usually something bad, means to stop it from spreading or continuing.
Sex education is expected to help check the spread of Aids.
If someone or something frustrates a plan or attempt to do something, they prevent it from succeeding.
The government has deliberately frustrated his efforts.
If you thwart someone or thwart their plans, you prevent them from doing or getting what they want.
They were doing all they could to thwart the terrorists.
Thesaurus for nip something in the bud from the Collins English Thesaurus