Synonyms of 'nip something in the bud'
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thwartDictionary, check, frustrateIt 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.
Thesaurus for nip something in the bud from the Collins English Thesaurus