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    sneeze didn't come / didn't push through, cut short

    I was about to sneeze but it didn't come. I hate that feeling.

    I was about to sneeze but it didn't push through. I hate that feeling.


    I was going to say that I was already in the process of sneezing, already flaring my nostrils and ready to give out a loud and satisfying sneeze. But it didn't happen. How do you say that?

    Also, how do you describe the feeling of wanting because you came up short? I'm looking for a way to expound the feeling, like I hate the feeling of being cut short.
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    Re: sneeze didn't come / didn't push through, cut short

    I just thought of the phrase left hanging. Could I use that to describe the feeling? I hate the feeling of being left hanging.

    I've heard of stifled sneeze, but that's not quite how it is, because in this case I want to sneeze but just came up short at the last minute.
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    Re: sneeze didn't come / didn't push through, cut short

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    (1) I was about to sneeze but it didn't come. I hate that feeling.
    (2) I was about to sneeze but it didn't push through. I hate that feeling.


    In my opinion your first example is entirely natural. The second one isn't.
    As you suggest in your question, you could also say "I was about to sneeze but it didn't happen" or "… but nothing happened".
    Also: "… but it went away", "… and then it was gone". There are many possibilities in conversational English.

    There's no reason why you couldn't say something like, "It left me hanging. I hate that!".
    Last edited by JMurray; 16-Aug-2016 at 09:22.

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