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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 of water cooler
1840-1850
1840-50, Americanism
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water cooler

noun
1.
a device for cooling and dispensing drinking water
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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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