turn on the waterworks

idiom

informal
: to start crying especially in order to get sympathy from someone
kids who turn on the waterworks when they want attention

Examples of turn on the waterworks in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When you are emotionally aroused, the brain can send signals to your tear ducts to turn on the waterworks. Scott Lafee, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Sep. 2022 So dogs turn on the waterworks and their owners roll over. Karen Hopkin, Scientific American, 24 Aug. 2022

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“Turn on the waterworks.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turn%20on%20the%20waterworks. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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