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waterworksnoun [plural]

uk   /ˈwɔː.tə.wɜːks/  us   /ˈwɑː.t̬ɚ.wɝːks/
a system of buildings and pipes in which a public supply of water is stored and treated and from which it is sent out
UK polite word the parts of the body that deal with removing urine: The doctor asked if I'd had any problems with my waterworks.
(Definition of waterworks from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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waterworksnoun

 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)
Translations of “waterworks”
in Chinese (Simplified) 自来水厂, (人体的)泌尿系统…
in Chinese (Traditional) 自來水廠, (人體的)泌尿系統…
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