blink tears back

blink tears back

To try to stop oneself from crying. I often have to blink tears back when I listen to a sappy love song on the radio. The poor student was so nervous on stage that she was clearly blinking tears back.
See also: back, blink, tear

blink one's tears back

Fig. to try to keep from crying. She blinked back her tears and went on. He blinked his tears back and endured the pain.
See also: back, blink, tear