Idiom of the Week – Week 34

Each week of 2017 we present an English idiom.

“to nip (something) in the bud”: to stop something before it becomes larger/worse; etwas im Keim(e) ersticken, etwas abwürgen
Learn more about this idiom, including its origins, from a podcast by the BBC.

Example 1:  Management nipped the growing conflict between the two employees in the bud by bringing in a mediator to help them work out their differences and find common ground.

Example 2:  If we don’t nip the negative customer reviews in the bud, we’re going to lose potential customers.

Mindy Ehrhart Krull
About the author

Originally from the US, Mindy Ehrhart Krull holds a master's degree in journalism and has been teaching English and working as an author, editor and proofreader in Germany since 2008.

At DELS, she leads a team of several English trainers and language professionals.

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