'Eye-watering' is used, as in this article about John Cleese and his - very expensive - divorce. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbi...al-leave-John-Cleeses-ex-wife-richer-him.html I wanted to confirm what the intended meaning is. The obvious one would be: 'which makes my eyes water', i.e. 'which makes me (you/ somebody) cry'. E.g.: 'An eye-watering account of the life of X' would be a sad tale focused on the life of X, which would make you feel like crying as you read it. Confirmation welcome. Thanks.