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    tears

    How do we describe one is easily tearing as the tear gland naturally caused him easily tearing compared to others. It's not an illness.

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    Re: tears

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    The most obvious common term that specifically refers to crying is "a crybaby". There are many others that mean someone who may cry easily because of what other people might perceive as weakness: wimp, sook, sissy, sniveller, etc. These are often used to unpleasantly criticize somebody who might just be, by their nature, sensitive, sentimental or easily upset.

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    Re: tears

    For an expression that is not pejorative you can say someone is prone to weeping or prone to tears.

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    Re: tears

    You might say that their eyes frequently well up.

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    Re: tears

    Emotional people tear up easily.

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    Re: tears

    Is that why they are so often "all torn up?"

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    Re: tears

    In AmE, someone who is very easily moved to tears might say it just like that. Or they might apologize when the tears start to flow while watching a movie and say "I'm sorry, sometimes I'm very emotional." Other people might say "The slightest thing can make me cry." It depends upon the situation.

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    Re: tears

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    Is that why they are so often "all torn up?"

    What does it mean of all torn up, please?

    Thank you.

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    Re: tears

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    You might say that their eyes frequently well up.

    What does it mean of well up, please?

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    Re: tears

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    In AmE, someone who is very easily moved to tears might say it just like that. Or they might apologize when the tears start to flow while watching a movie and say "I'm sorry, sometimes I'm very emotional." Other people might say "The slightest thing can make me cry." It depends upon the situation.
    Sorry, what I mean is one who's not easily crys due to emotion, but the tears flow strongly even just making a single yawn.

    Thank you.

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