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    Default I'm welling up

    Just to check - does it mean something like "I'm so touched, I'm about to start crying?" thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by english-kazan View Post
    Just to check - does it mean something like "I'm so touched, I'm about to start crying?" thanks.
    Yes that or, at least, I might start crying.

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    Default Re: I'm welling up

    To me, it's when you can feel the tears and are pretty sure you're going to start crying.

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    Default Re: I'm welling up

    I'm pretty sure this is a fairly recent development. As long as I've lived, you could 'feel tears welling up', but it's only in this century (in Br Eng) that you could leave the tears out and just say "I'm welling up". The rather rare word 'to well' originally meant '[of a liquid] to rise above the usual level' if you overfill a cup with water, the water wells up over the rim.

    But tears are now the default 'weller'!

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