close to tears


: going to cry soon

Examples of close to tears in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lisa Belcastro, winter shelter coordinator for the Harbor Homes nonprofit, was close to tears about an hour after the migrants left the island on Friday, with volunteers beginning to clean up the parish house and church hall where the newcomers slept. Ray Sanchez, CNN, 17 Sep. 2022 Zlata’s mother, Natalia, folded her hands in prayer and was close to tears. Washington Post, 1 Aug. 2014 Continuing the segment with eggnog shots, the two also played knock-knock jokes with each other, leaving Lizzo close to tears from laughter. Shafiq Najib, Peoplemag, 14 Dec. 2022 As some refugees appeared close to tears while watching their squad compete, the match in many ways also captured the country’s broader hopes for a quick return to some degree of normality and peace, even as Ukraine continues to face the prospect of a long war with Russia. Rick Noack, Washington Post, 12 May 2022 The current office occupant, Ken Paxton, now entering his third term, brings me close to tears for another reason. Dallas News, 19 Jan. 2023 Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a late-night video, appearing close to tears. Washington Post, 9 Mar. 2022 The first bite left me close to tears. Odette Williams, WSJ, 17 Feb. 2023 Afterward, Strickland was close to tears. Ian Parker, The New Yorker, 7 Nov. 2022

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“Close to tears.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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