hold inside

hold (something) inside (of oneself)

To not share or release something related to one's emotions. I wanted to hold my tears inside of myself at the funeral, but I was blubbering in no time. I knew Angela was going through a tough time, so I really tried to hold my happiness inside while I was with her.
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hold something inside

((of) one(self)) Go to hold something in.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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