Indeed, relationships you nipped in the bud a few years back, you now yearn to rekindle.
He should have been charged at least with manslaughter…The ones who could have nipped this in the bud were the Sanford police.
By saying that the parties have agreed that he and he alone may be trusted, Kerry has nipped that in the bud.
Raf Simons's nipped waists displayed a range of Sixties references.
Last week, the Vikings nipped the Packers with a field goal as time expired.
There goes a whole generation of flies, said I, nipped in the bud.
No: I suppose it is only like a pinch; but it was as if it were nipped in a vice.
He nipped off the flower with his fingers, and drew out the stalk from beneath.
Her life had been caught and nipped in the great inexorable wheel of things.
She had been nipped and battered by the ice, and a common suffering made her dear to them.
"to pinch sharply; to bite suddenly," late 14c., related to Middle Low German nipen "to nip, to pinch," Middle Dutch nipen "to pinch," Dutch nijpen, Old Norse hnippa "to prod," but the exact evolution of the stem is obscure. Related: Nipped; nipping. To nip (something) in the bud in the figurative sense is first recorded c.1600.
"small measure of spirits," 1796, shortening of nipperkin (1670s) "quantity of liquor of a half pint or less," possibly of Dutch or Low German origin and related to nip (v.). Reinforced by nip (n.2) on notion of "fragment or bit pinched off" (c.1600).
"a pinch; a sharp bite," 1540s, from nip (v.). Meaning "a chill in the weather" is from 1610s, probably so called for its effect on vegetation. Nip and tuck "a close thing" is recorded from 1832, perhaps from sailing or tailoring.
A small quantity, a taste, of a drink: Well, give me just a nip, then
[1796+; apparently fr nipperkin, ''small measure of drink,'' found by 1694]