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turn on the waterworks

old-fashioned disapproving
to ​startcrying, ​especially too much or in a way that does not ​seemsincere: You can ​turn on the waterworks all you ​want - I'm not going to ​change my ​mind!
(Definition of turn on the waterworks from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “turn on the waterworks”
in Chinese (Simplified) (尤指过分、不必要或假惺惺地)哭起来…
in Chinese (Traditional) (尤指過分、不必要或假惺惺地)哭起來…
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