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well up

(from something) and well up (out of something) [for a liquid] to gush or pour up and away from something. The blood welled up from the wound. Clear water welled up out of the rocks. A gusher of muddy water welled up. Tears welled up out of the baby's eyes.
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well up

(inside someone) Fig. [for a feeling] to seem to swell and move inside one's body. A feeling of revulsion began to well up inside Fred. Burning resentment welled up, and George knew he was going to lose his temper.
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well up

(out of something) Go to well up (from something).
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well up

v.
To rise to the edge of a container, ready to flow: Lava welled up in the crater. Tears welled up in my eyes, but I did not cry. I could feel anger well up in me.
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