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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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Poor Candice, back in her bright red lipstick, blinks back tears as she tells them: "I'm so embarrassed.
MADRID Alex, a punk-chic 20-year-old, blinks back tears and hits the stage.
Viewers will see the crowd jump to their feet while guest judge Kelly Brook blinks back tears and Amanda Holden, who was a wannabe child star herself, gushes: "It was like looking in the mirror.