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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. 2018.
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  • I had to go over to the water cooler and grin into the tumbler.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • As they passed a water cooler on their way out the captain paused.

    The Blind Lion of the Congo Elliott Whitney
  • You must deepen these pools, which will keep the water cooler.

    Wells Brothers

    Andy Adams
  • He went to the water cooler, filled the glass with cold water and presented it to the young lady.

  • He got up, lurching to the motion of the flying train, and started forward to the water cooler behind the car door.

    The Escape of Mr. Trimm Irvin S. Cobb
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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