Slang definitions & phrases for turn on the waterworks
turn someone on
To excite or stimulate someone; arouse someone: The professor was trying to find out what turns women on(1903+)
To introduce someone to something; pique someone's curiosity: He turned me on to Zen(1960s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D. Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers. Cite This Source
Idioms and Phrases with turn on the waterworks
turn on the waterworks
Start to weep, as in Whenever Dad refuses a request of hers she turns on the waterworks. This term implies that one begins to weep deliberately, as though switching on a system of pipes connected to reservoirs.