nip it in the butt vs nip it in the bud : Common Errors in English

About nip it in the butt vs nip it in the bud

To nip a process in the bud is to stop it from flowering completely. The hilariously mistaken “nip it in the butt” suggests stimulation to action rather than stopping it.

nip it in the bud in News

  • To battle car burglary uptick, Carrollton PD looking for unlocked vehicles

    CARROLLTON –– Police call it a BMV: shorthand for burglary of a motor vehicle. In a neighborhood just northeast of Hebron Parkway and Josey Lane, people call it a pain. "If we can stop it and nip it in the bud, it's obviously better for everyone," said resident Kristina Walters. But the thieves didn't have to work too hard. "All of those vehicles had their doors unlocked," said Carrollton Police ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: WFAA Dallas-Fort Worth

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