Definition of waterworks in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwôdərˌwərks/
Pronunciation: /ˈwädərˌwərks/

plural noun

1 [treated as singular] An establishment for managing a water supply.
Example sentences
  • Sources said that almost all schools in the village did not get water supply from the waterworks and the students were also consuming the hand-pumped water.
  • In the past 28 years, neither the capacity of these waterworks had been increased nor the water supply technique changed.
  • With the condition of waterworks becoming worse and groundwater level dipping, residents of the nearby villages are facing an acute water shortage here.
2 informal Used to refer to the shedding of tears: she is an expert at turning on the waterworks to manipulate others
More example sentences
  • And she'll turn on the waterworks if the deals backfire.
  • I know children will turn on the waterworks if the adults get all dramatic.
  • A barking mad pooch has tapped into fame with his ability to turn on the waterworks.

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Syllabification: wa·ter·works

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