Today’s “Phrase of the Day” is “nip something in the bud“ and its meaning is “to stop something (a potential problem or bad behaviour) at an early stage so that it does not become a serious problem/issue in the future; suppress, prevent, halt, destroy, stifle, obstruct, impede”.
Example Sentence: This colossal mess was entirely predictable, and could have been avoided at every turn. Rich countries such as the UK, the US, and those of the EU, and rich organisations such as Covax should have used their funding of western pharmaceutical companies to nip vaccine monopolies in the bud. Oxford University should have stuck to its plans of allowing anyone, anywhere, to make its vaccine.
This phrase is present in The Guardian article The world’s poorest countries are at India’s mercy for vaccines. It’s unsustainable and click here to read it.
Courtesy: The Guardian