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waterworks

noun
     
Related topics: Civil
wa‧ter‧works [plural]
1TEC the system of pipes and water supplies in a town or city
2 a building from which water is cleaned and pumped to houses, buildings etc
3

turn on the waterworks

informal to start crying in order to get sympathy:
'Don't turn on the waterworks,' he sighed.
4 informal the organs in your body through which urine (=liquid waste) is removed

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