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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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'Sweet peas, roses, cornflowers,' she blinked back tears and nodded at Kay.
Kylie Minogue blinked back tears as she finally got to play Glastonbury's Pyramid Stage, 14 years after cancer forced her to cancel a headline slot.
But as her seven-minute address neared its end and she spoke of being the second woman PM, her voice began to give as she blinked back tears.
Stephanie, 50, blinked back tears as she said: "It happened straight in front of us as we were leaving the ground.
ARIANA Grande blinked back tears when last year's Manchester Arena attack was brought up in her first TV interview since the tragedy.
Pariente blinked back tears as she said, "It's a relationship that over the years really grew and matured.
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.
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.
Five clones were created by South Korean scientists in the world's first commercial cloning of a pet dog.McKinney blinked back tears of joy as she cuddled the puppies.