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。
Don't dig yourself into a deeper hle by saying something stupid.