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waterworks

noun  /ˈwɔ·t̬ərˌwɜrks, ˈwɑt̬·ər-/ us  

waterworks noun (SUPPLY SYSTEM)

[C] a system of buildings and pipes in which a public supply of water is stored and cleaned and from which it is sent out

waterworks noun (CRYING)

[U] infml crying: The show ended, and then the waterworks started. Whenever she gets frustrated or angry, she turns on the waterworks (= starts to cry).
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