turn on the waterworks

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Definition of turn on the waterworks

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

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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 1 Oct. 2020.

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