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well up

1. Of a container or vessel, to fill up (with liquid or an emotion) to the point of overflowing. Drainage ditches have been welling up across the city as the heavy rains continue. Her eyes welled up as she watched him walk away. My body welled up with rage at the thought of such a cruel act.
2. Of a liquid or emotion, to fill up (a container or vessel) to the point of overflowing. Water was welling up right to the edge of the sink, but I managed to turn off the taps before any spilled over. Violent protests welled up in the city after the government announced its extreme new policies.
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well up

(from something) and well up (out of something) [for a liquid] to gush or pour up and away from something. The blood welled up from the wound. Clear water welled up out of the rocks. A gusher of muddy water welled up. Tears welled up out of the baby's eyes.
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well up

(inside someone) Fig. [for a feeling] to seem to swell and move inside one's body. A feeling of revulsion began to well up inside Fred. Burning resentment welled up, and George knew he was going to lose his temper.
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well up

(out of something) Go to well up (from something).
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well up

v.
To rise to the edge of a container, ready to flow: Lava welled up in the crater. Tears welled up in my eyes, but I did not cry. I could feel anger well up in me.
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