1. the human urinary system
   The pun is only used in the case of malfunction, to avoid mentioning a taboo condition:
    ... busily at work cauterizing his waterworks... (Sharpe, 1979)
   2. tears
   Especially those of a woman or child thought to be producing them to obtain sympathy:
    It's impossible to reason with Ma; she just turns on the waterworks. (Seth, 1993)

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