To nip it in the bud. = To stop trouble before it becomes worse.
Since I’m on a diet, when my mind wanders about eating ice cream, I quickly nip it in the bud.
On the ropes. = A boxing terminology, which means losing.
President Trump was on the ropes, but he made a comeback.
Vibes. = Atmosphere.
I often get good vibes from the people I meet on the street.
When the rubber meets the road. = When hard times come.
When the taxes increase, the rubber meets the road for Mr.Abe.