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water cooler

a container for holding drinking water that is cooled and drawn off by a faucet or spigot.
a drinking fountain in which water is cooled by mechanical refrigeration.
Origin of water cooler
An Americanism dating back to 1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Occasionally a soldier roused himself with a jerk to make a trip to the water cooler directly behind Bixton.

  • As they passed a water cooler on their way out the captain paused.

    The Blind Lion of the Congo Elliott Whitney
  • In getting a small boat see that it is a "water cooler," as an air-cooler will run a few minutes and stop, as the piston swells.

    The houseboat book William F. Waugh
  • You must deepen these pools, which will keep the water cooler.

    Wells Brothers Andy Adams
  • I went in and washed my hands and face at the water cooler, then went out and looked again.

    Roy Blakeley's Camp on Wheels Percy Keese Fitzhugh
British Dictionary definitions for water cooler

water cooler

a device for cooling and dispensing drinking water
  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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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