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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