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Definition of waterworks noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    waterworks

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//ˈwɔt̮ərˌwərks//
     
    , NAmE//ˈwɑt̮ərˌwərks//
     
    (pl. waterworks)
     
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  1. 1 [countable] a building with machinery for supplying water to an area
  2. 2[plural] (informal or humorous) the organs of the body through which urine (= waste water) is passed
  3. Idioms
    turn on the waterworks (informal) (disapproving)
     
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    to start crying, especially in order to get sympathy or attention
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