1. A group from several universities formed a rebellion to protest against increased taxation, but the rebellion was nipped in the bud.2. If you have a bad desire growing in your heart, you should nip it in the bud before you act on it.
nip in the budnip in the bud 是英文諺語，意思完全符合「防微杜漸」，指在某件事情處於萌芽狀態時就將它消滅。
All the ork I've been putting into this project has been all for nothing because my boss is shutting it down.