Meaning of “waterworks” in the English Dictionary

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waterworksnoun [ plural ]

uk /ˈwɔː.tə.wɜːks/ us /ˈwɑː.t̬ɚ.wɝːks/

(Definition of “waterworks” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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us /ˈwɔ·t̬ərˌwɜrks, ˈwɑt̬·ər-/

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).

(Definition of “waterworks” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)