To put and end to a task or thought in it's early stages.
To be used in place of the phrase "Nip it in the bud", as Barney Fife (Don Knotts) from The Andy Griffith Show used to say.
Adam: "I heard Joe wants to ask your sister out to the club Saturday night."
Kevin: "That scumbag? I'd better Barney Fife that idea right away!"
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