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water cooler

noun
1.
a container for holding drinking water that is cooled and drawn off by a faucet or spigot.
2.
a drinking fountain in which water is cooled by mechanical refrigeration.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50, Americanism
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  • And they should take the long way to return and refill the bottle at the water cooler on the way back.
  • It and several variations on the theme are great fodder for water cooler arguments.
  • If you don't let him check into the water cooler, he won't be happy.
  • We sit quietly hunched over laptops, transitioning even our water cooler conversations to our keyboards.
  • When a tragedy hits, the chatter at the water cooler begins.
  • The secretaries are whispering something around the water cooler.
  • The crowd may be perfectly harmless and those moments spent around the water cooler can be fun.
  • He didn't chase them around a desk or leap out from behind a water cooler in a state of nudity.
  • We're saying that we've trusted you with our bragging rights around the water cooler.
  • Repeat any of it at the office water cooler at your own risk.
British Dictionary definitions for water cooler

water cooler

noun
1.
a device for cooling and dispensing drinking water
modifier
2.
(informal)
  1. indicating the kind of informal conversation among office staff that takes place at such a dispenser: water-cooler conversations
  2. indicating an event, television programme, etc, sufficiently controversial or otherwise noteworthy to provide subject matter for such conversations: water-cooler television, a water-cooler moment
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