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Carter decries destruction in Gaza - CNN.com
"It is very distressing to me. I have to hold back tears when I see the deliberate destruction that has been raked against your people.

User comments - The wonder of Woolworths is no more - News - getreading - Reading Post
Hordes of shoppers forced back tears as they scoured the half-empty shelves for bargains and queued up to make their final purchases before the shutters went down.

1. hold back tears
2. force back tears
Do these two mean the same thing?

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