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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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Just beyond the boundary, India's batsmen blinked back tears, mourning the victory that had seemed just within their grasp.
As the choir finished the song, judge Alesha Dixon could be seen to whisper "Oh my God" while Amanda Holden blinked back tears.
TV star Vicky Pattison blinked back tears to offer heartfelt support to domestic abuse victims on Tyneside.
As I blinked back tears, Jesse flung Lola the cat over her shoulder and stalked off, chiding me with: "Well, that's not very kind, is it?
His mother, Eilyana Verdini of Holden, blinked back tears as she said, "I hope it's his last time.
Oh, for goodness sake, just get over yourself," said my wife as I fumbled with my shoe laces and blinked back tears, such was my panic on the morning of the appointment.
Still wearing her engagement ring, she blinked back tears and said: "It's not just about me.
Mr Ladbrooke blinked back tears as he recalled the bombing of Darmstadt in Germany.
She blew on her hands to keep them warm and blinked back tears of frustration.
McKinney blinked back tears of joy as she cuddled the puppies.
HEARTBROKEN friends and family blinked back tears yesterday as the young son of a soldier killed in Iraq lit a single candle in memory of his father.
Kaito Uchimura, 6, threw up at one point but soldiered on bravely as he blinked back tears.
Their children ( son and heir Prince Albert II, and princesses Caroline and Stephanie ( blinked back tears as Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings" echoed through the 19th-Century cathedral.
Bridegroom Lance Gerrard-Wright blinked back tears as she walked up the aisle on the arm of her son Cameron, eight.
He was a very kind person,'' Aristides Cerna said at a news conference as he blinked back tears.