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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.
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So now, when Liam gets a taxi for us and explains to the driver in Spanish where we are going, then translates the driver's comments back to us, he doesn't understand why I am blinking back tears.
He was as good as his word, and when he nailed double 16 to complete a rare treble in darts, Durrant was blinking back tears on the Lakeside stage as he wrapped himself in an England flag adorned with the Boro crest.
" PHOTO| AUGUSTINE SANG| NATION MEDIA GROUPWatching the performance was such an emotional roller coastertake for instance Ogutu's performance of the story "Toilet Training." One moment the audience was doubling over at Hussein Warutere's woes of trying to hold back the overpowering urge to use the toilet, the next moment they were blinking back tears when Warutere is slapped with a 13-year jail term for using a 'Whites Only 'toilet.
They're big lumps now but when our two were bairns, I often watched blinking back tears - not just because they were so wrapped up in it, but because my mam and dad were no longer around to proudly see them.
We finished unloading, dad still blinking back tears and thanking us while his children danced and sang "Santa Claus is Coming to Town." Chris and I stayed in character and retreated to my dad's Explorer.
Ayling, blinking back tears, said: "I don't even have words at the moment, that's disgusting, to be married and then try to crack on with someone on TV when your wife is going to see that.
Crawford was emotional in his six-minute media session on Friday before the Blackhawks Convention, blinking back tears at the end.
I've seen you blinking back tears while watching chick flicks.
BLINKING back tears, the sister of murdered Jodie Wilkinson has begged for help to bring her killer to justice.
Blinking back tears, Stokes lifted his head and slowly stood up.
Sat with the enchanting and highly mischievous Eve on her knee, Chanelle was blinking back tears, and why the hell not?
Kathryn, from Sutton Coldfield, bravely told the Mail how she will never marry, nor even know what it feels like to be in love as she posed in a beautiful, flowing white wedding dress, blinking back tears and smiling for her adoring mum.
Behind the green was his wife Amy who had been blinking back tears since the 15th.
BLINKING back tears, new mum Louise Bell last night opened her heart and told of the agonising loss of her soulmate - and the inspirational legacy he left behind.