1. Are both sentences correct, and do they mean the same:

a) "Tears SLIPPED DOWN my face."

b) "Tears OOZED DOWN my face."

  1. In case they are both correct, which form is more commonly use?

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Both correct, I don't hear either that often.

Edit: I should probably state the difference for those two in the answer also:

"Tears slipped down my face" - Could imply that it was a very little amount and that they slipped out, almost as if you didn't want to cry.

"Tears oozed down my face" - A constant stream / an abundance of tears. Not a commonly used phrase in my opinion.

The usual for me is:

"Tears rolled down my face" - slower tears dropping down your face

"Tears flowed down my face" - Implying a river of tears / an abundance of-

"Tears ran down my face" - usually much faster tears

"Tears fell from my eyes"

There is so many ways you could say that sentence alone..

However, I believe its just up to preference, there is not a correct one to use besides some of them imply a different speed of the tear drop.

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    Also, I would like to state that oozed implies more-so the same as flow, an abundance of tears rather than just a little. – Laskio Aug 17 at 16:44

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