早いうちに〜を取り除く nip ～ in the bud
Rachel: How did your driving lesson go today?
Kenichi: It was OK. I feel like such an old man at the driving school. Everyone around me is around 18 years old.
Rachel: I'm so shocked that you never thought to get your license before.
Kenichi: I never needed to. I live in Tokyo; it's a hassle to have a car.
Rachel: But now that you've developed an interest in camping, you want to get a driver's license.
Kenichi: Yep. But the instructors are so strict. I wish they would be a bit easier on me. I mean, I just started taking lessons!
Rachel: I'm sure they're being strict for your own good. It's much easier to nip bad habits in the bud than to try to fix them once they've become deeply established.
Kenichi: One habit I've noticed is that I talk to myself a lot when I'm driving.
Rachel: I don't think that's necessarily a bad habit. Though it might be annoying to your instructors. Can you even hear your instructors if you're talking to yourself?
Kenichi: Actually I'm not sure I catch everything ...
Rachel: On second thought, that's probably a habit you want to nip in the bud. I don't want you talking to yourself when I'm in the car with you in the future.
Kobayashi Chikako さんの「英会話 He Said, She Said これって英語で何て言う？」は毎日ウィークリーで毎月第2・4週に掲載中です。