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gulp back

To try to stop oneself from crying. A noun or pronoun can be used between "gulp" and "back." I didn't want to have to tell my parents what was going on, so I tried to gulp my tears back.
See also: back, gulp

gulp back (one's) sobs

To try to stop oneself from crying. I didn't want to have to tell my parents what was going on, so I tried to gulp back my sobs.
See also: back, gulp, sob

gulp back (one's) tears

To try to stop oneself from crying. I didn't want to have to tell my parents what was going on, so I tried to gulp back my tears.
See also: back, gulp, tear

gulp down

1. To eat or drink something very quickly or hastily. A noun or pronoun can be used between "gulp" and "down." It was pretty gross watching him gulp down such a big plate of food like that. I had to gulp down my coffee to get to the bus stop on time.
2. To restrain or repress some emotion or emotional reaction. A noun or pronoun can be used between "gulp" and "down." I tried to gulp down my urge to cry as my big brother got on the train for college. I've spent so long gulping my frustration down in this job that I feel like I'm going to explode!
3. To be forced to accept or deal with something unpleasant. A noun or pronoun can be used between "gulp" and "down." As fans of the team, we've been gulping disappointment down for decades, so to see them finally make it to the championship game is almost surreal. The employees gulped down the news about the company's fate with somber faces.
See also: down, gulp

gulp for air

To breathe in a labored manner, usually because one has been holding their breath. Kelsey's head popped out of the water, and she immediately started gulping for air.
See also: air, for, gulp

gulp up

1. To eat or drink something very quickly or hastily. A noun or pronoun can be used between "gulp" and "up." Wow, you must have been hungry! You gulped that up in just a few bites! I had to gulp up my coffee to get to the bus stop on time.
2. To consume or absorb a large amount of something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "gulp" and "up." My daughter has an insatiable curiosity, gulping information up like water. The project has gulped up so much time and money already that we might have to just cut our losses now.
3. To acquire and assimilate something, especially in a large amounts or numbers. A noun or pronoun can be used between "gulp" and "up." Instead of simply competing with its rivals, the media giant has been using its enormous spending capital to gulp them up. The empire spread quickly, gulping up nation after nation around it.
4. To vomit. She's been gulping up everything we've fed her today—I think it's time to call a doctor.
See also: gulp, up
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

gulp for air

Fig. to eagerly or desperately try to get air or a breath. Tom gulped for air after trying to hold his breath for three minutes. Mary came up out of the water, gulping for air.
See also: air, for, gulp

gulp something back

Fig. to force or hold back tears, sobs, etc. He gulped his sobs back and clutched at his wound. He gulped back his sobs.
See also: back, gulp

gulp something down

to drink all of something, usually quickly. He gulped his coffee down and left. He gulped down his coffee.
See also: down, gulp
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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