gulp back

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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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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