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noun [countable] tear pronunciation in British English /tɪə(r)/
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  1. a drop of liquid that comes from your eye when you cry
    Her eyes filled with tears.
    tears of joy/laughter/rage etc: She welcomed Ian with tears of joy when he returned home.
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      tears

      [plural] the state of crying
      in tears (=crying): I was left standing there in tears.
      burst into tears (=start crying suddenly): She slammed the phone down and burst into tears.
      close/near to tears (=almost crying): I was near to tears when she said goodbye.
      on the verge of tears (=almost crying): Colin saw I was on the verge of tears.
      fight back (the) tears (=try hard not to cry): She fought back the tears as she told us the dreadful news.
      reduce someone to tears (=make someone cry): He was well known for reducing his staff to tears.

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