blink back tears

blink back tears

To try to stop oneself from crying. I often have to blink back tears when I listen to a sappy love song on the radio. The poor student was so nervous on stage that she was clearly blinking back tears.
See also: back, blink, tear
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As the verdict was announced, Tazhayakov's mother began to weep openly and his father appeared somber, at some points appearing to blink back tears.
You just get so attached to the people," says Demanett, who then stops to blink back tears.
Andre was then asked a question about his tour and appeared to blink back tears as he said, his voice shaking: "I'd rather just stop this if that's all right?
I can t believe it," the 70th-ranked Oudin gasped in a courtside interview as she tried to blink back tears.
And her mother Josephine leapt to her feet to give her very own standing ovation - Sienna spotting the gesture, smiling and appearing to blink back tears.
The sight of yellow ribbons tied around every tree lining Route 117 made me blink back tears as I drove to the service: frail bands of hope and love.
The Queen appeared to blink back tears yesterday as she took on her late mother's role at the opening of the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey.
Students get the "why" behind concepts like regrouping or fractions, Schiffano says, "At least several times a year, I blink back tears.
I don't often blink back tears nowadays; this time I did," said Benedict Nightingale in the Times of a show he said he has "been talking up" since 1998.
My throat constricts in the shower; I blink back tears in the sauna.