grief has a way of bubbling up

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emre aydın

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A man's wife was killed and in its aftermath a lawyer helped the man both professionally and emotionally.

The man: I'm not supposed to actually talk to you about this anymore, but thank you for being there for me when no one else was. It means a lot.
The lawyer: Well, grief has a way of bubbling up when you least expect it.


What does the lawyer mean in this context?

Thanks for your help.
  • PaulQ

    Senior Member
    English - England
    The emotion of grief can rise [powerfully/in quantity] within a person when they least expect it.

    To bubble up - to rise like bubbles in a liquid as it begins to boil. (Often with the idea that nothing can stop it.)
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    Grief is being compared metaphorically to something like carbonated bubbles in a soft drink, or perhaps like those in a new spring of water suddenly coming up from beneath the earth. Emotions can be buried or suppressed temporarily, but finally their force causes them to come to the surface.

    (cross-posted with PQ)
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