Meaning of “turn on the waterworks” in the English Dictionary

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"turn on the waterworks" in British English

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turn on the waterworks

old-fashioned disapproving

to start crying, especially too much or in a way that does not seem sincere:

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)