gulp back(redirected from gulps 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.
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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.