"nip X in the butt"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Jan 30 03:36:01 UTC 2011

An official eggcorn where X = "it":

Here's one in the wild where X = "the issue", from a cancer support group:

If you feel that you are being screened out of jobs because of your
lack of employment, it may make sense to note on your resume the reason for
your gap in employment.  It can nip the issue in the butt before it ever
does become an issue.  But you need to note in on your resume in the right


The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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