clockwork

clockwork
clock|work [ˈklɔk-wə:k US ˈkla:k-wə:rk] n [U]
1.) BrE clockwork toys, trains, soldiers etc have machinery inside them that makes them move when you turn a key
mechanical toys powered by clockwork
The tape was driven by a clockwork motor.
2.) go/run like clockwork
to happen in exactly the way you had planned
The concert went like clockwork.
3.) like clockwork also (as) regular as clockwork
happening at the same time and in the same way every time
Matt came round each Friday, regular as clockwork.
4.) with clockwork precision/accuracy
in an extremely exact way

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • clockwork — [[t]klɒ̱kwɜː(r)k[/t]] 1) ADJ: ADJ n A clockwork toy or device has machinery inside it which makes it move or operate when it is wound up with a key. ...a clockwork train set. 2) PHRASE: PHR after v If you say that something happens like clockwork …   English dictionary

  • clockwork — n. (misc.) to work like clockwork ( to work perfectly ); as regular as clockwork ( completely regular ) * * * [ klɒkwɜːk] as regular as clockwork ( completely regular ) (misc.) to work like clockwork ( to work perfectly ) …   Combinatory dictionary

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