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turn on the waterworks

Slang definitions & phrases for turn on the waterworks

turn someone on

verb phrase
  1. To excite or stimulate someone; arouse someone: The professor was trying to find out what turns women on (1903+)
  2. To introduce someone to something; pique someone's curiosity: He turned me on to Zen (1960s+)

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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.
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