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waterworks

noun [U] (CRYING)   /ˈwɔ·t̬ərˌwɜrks, ˈwɑt̬·ər-/ infml
crying: The show ended, and then the waterworks started. Whenever she gets frustrated or angry, she turns on the waterworks (= starts to cry).
(Definition of waterworks noun (CRYING) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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