water cooler

water cooler
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A water cooler is a machine that dispenses drinking water, especially in an office. [mainly AM]Water cooler is used in expressions that refer to the informal conversations that people have in their office or workplace.

Three out of four Americans watched Roots, and then the next day could talk about race relations at the water cooler.

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