turn on the waterworks

turn on the waterworks
in. to begin to cry.
His lower lip was quivering, and I knew he was going to turn on the waterworks.
Now, now! Don’t turn on the waterworks. Cheer up!

Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions. 2015.

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  • turn on the waterworks — phrase to start crying, especially in order to get someone’s sympathy Thesaurus: to cry, or to start cryingsynonym Main entry: waterworks * * * turn on the waterworks informal : to start crying especially in order to get sympathy from someone… …   Useful english dictionary

  • turn on the waterworks —    If someone turns on the waterworks, they start to cry, especially to obtain something.     If he doesn t get what he wants, the child immediately turns on the waterworks …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • turn on the waterworks — humorous to start crying in order to get what you want. He always turns on the waterworks if he doesn t get exactly what he wants …   New idioms dictionary

  • Turn on the waterworks — cry loudly and profusely, especially for the sake of gaining sympathy or getting one s own way …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • turn on the waterworks — Australian Slang cry loudly and profusely, especially for the sake of gaining sympathy or getting one s own way …   English dialects glossary

  • turn on the waterworks — cry very loudly and profusely …   English contemporary dictionary

  • turn on the waterworks — to start crying, especially in order to get someone s sympathy …   English dictionary

  • The Magic School Bus at the Waterworks — infobox Book name = The Magic School Bus at the Waterworks orig title = translator = author = Joanna Cole illustrator = Bruce Degan country = United States language = English series = The Magic School Bus classification = Fiction genre =… …   Wikipedia

  • waterworks, turn on the —  Weep …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • waterworks — [wôt′ərwʉrks΄] pl.n. 1. [often with sing. v.] a) a system of reservoirs, pumps, pipes, etc., used to bring a water supply to a town or city b) a pumping station in such a system, with its machinery, filters, etc. 2. Slang tears: usually in turn… …   English World dictionary

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