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Turn on the waterworks vs Turn someone’s water off

turn on the waterworks—(coll.) begin to cry (also: turn on the water tap):

  • Sally turned on the waterworks when she got yelled at.

turn someone’s water off—(coll.) make a person appear more modest (usually of smb. who is acting too arrogant):

  • It took a scolding from the coach to turn Tom’s water off.