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Verb
(idiomatic) Present participle for to stop something at an early stage
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“When you are tempted with a vain desire, always nip it in the bud, as soon as you feel the slumbering fire.”
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Present participle for to cause to come to an end
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Present participle for to decisively put an end to
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Noun
The action of inhibiting a process
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