Waterworks meaning

wôtər-wûrks, wŏtər-
An exhibition of moving water, such as a fountain or cascade.
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(informal) Tears.

Turned on the waterworks.

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(slang) Tears.
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The water system, including reservoirs, tanks, buildings, pumps, and pipes, that supplies water to a city, town, or other municipality.
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A single unit, such as a pumping station, within such a system.
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(in the singular) The water supply system of a town etc., including reservoirs, pumps and pipes.
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(in the singular) Any single facility, such as a filtration plant, within such a system.
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(informal, in the plural) Tears.

She turned on the waterworks when we told her the old man was dead, but she was asking questions about the will soon enough.

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(informal, in the plural) The genitourinary system.
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