- a device for cooling and dispensing drinking water
- indicating the kind of informal conversation among office staff that takes place at
such a dispenser ⇒
- indicating an event, television programme, etc, sufficiently controversial or otherwise
noteworthy to provide subject matter for such conversations ⇒
a water-cooler moment
Example Sentences Including 'water cooler'
But Dart's nose would have to withstand temperatures of up to 1650 °C on re-entry, which is where the water cooler comes in.
New Scientist (2003)
Crying game; Waterworks at the water cooler ; Leading Article
Times, Sunday Times (2004)
He stood up and went past Dillworthy's desk as if he were heading for the water cooler.
He went to the water cooler , tucked the gun under his arm and pulled down one of the paper cups.
Take Thierry, the water cooler " maintenance assistant", whom she had met at Davos last year.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
The water cooler burbled; Adam turned with the cup in one hand, gun in the other.
When new executives come on board, the water cooler tends to get crowded (or in today's workplace, messages start flying).
Globe and Mail (2003)
Will office boys ever be spared lascivious remarks when they sip from the water cooler ?
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