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Synonyms for nip

Synonyms for nip

to grasp at (something) eagerly, forcibly, and abruptly with the jaws

to spoil or destroy

to take (another's property) without permission

a small amount of liquor

to take alcoholic liquor, especially excessively or habitually

Synonyms for nip

a small drink of liquor

(offensive slang) offensive term for a person of Japanese descent

the taste experience when a savoury condiment is taken into the mouth

the property of being moderately cold

a small sharp bite or snip


squeeze tightly between the fingers

give a small sharp bite to

sever or remove by pinching or snipping

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If it isn't nipped in the bud right now this thing will drag on into the appellate court or to the (state) Supreme Court,'' Armstrong said.
Because the illegal activity was nipped in the bud, only about $130 in fraudulent calls were billed to the 800 number.
It usually happened they only had to lose a few pounds and the problem was nipped in the bud.
This one has to be nipped in the bud or are we going to bend over and take it without a fight as usual
Local problems could be reported quickly and the loutish behaviour so common these days could be nipped in the bud.
Swishing and swaying in hail, rain and snow Imagine in summer a fantastic glow Imagine it all before life began Imagine a baby in a mother's womb Just like a forest it will flourish and bloom It has all the necessities nature provides Well nourished and safe with a right to survive Just like the forest perfect and clean Along comes a baby a mother's dream Then imagine the forest destroyed by a storm The dream would be shattered and sad for all Imagine the baby it needs to grow It's nourished,protected and helped to glow Then along comes a drug storm sometimes unseen It destroys our children and shatters our dreams Imagine an answer if only I could But drugs destroy lives and should be nipped in the bud.
This petty plant crime if not nipped in the bud now could lead to some of us OAPs going on to more serious criminal activity like vandalising bowling greens, smashing up bus shelters,mugging old ladies,etc.
This problem should have been nipped in the bud a long time ago.