Definition of waterworks noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈwɔːtəwɜːks//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɔːtərwɜːrks//
    , NAmE//ˈwɑːtərwɜːrks//
    (pl. waterworks)
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  1. 1 [countable + singular or plural verb] 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 (informal, disapproving) to start crying, especially in order to get sympathy or attention
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: waterworks