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, you mean that it happens without any problems or delays, or happens regularly.

The Queen's holiday is arranged to go like clockwork, everything pre-planned to the minute...

He reorganized Standard Brands twice a year, like clockwork.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • Clockwork — Clock work ( w[^u]rk ), n. The machinery of a clock, or machinery resembling that of a clock; machinery which produces regularity of movement. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • clockwork — 1660s, mechanism of a clock, from CLOCK (Cf. clock) (n.) + WORK (Cf. work) (n.). Figurative sense of anything of unvarying regularity is recorded earlier (1620s) …   Etymology dictionary

  • clockwork — [n] being on time; precision accuracy, consistency, perfect timing, regularity, smoothness; concept 818 …   New thesaurus

  • Clockwork — For other uses, see Clockwork (disambiguation). Gear with escapement mechanism …   Wikipedia

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  • clockwork — noun (U) 1 clockwork toys, trains, soldiers etc have machinery inside them to make them move when you turn a key 2 go like clockwork if something you have arranged goes like clockwork, it happens in exactly the way you planned: The concert went… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • Clockwork — Este artículo o sección necesita referencias que aparezcan en una publicación acreditada, como revistas especializadas, monografías, prensa diaria o páginas de Internet fidedignas. Puedes añadirlas así o avisar …   Wikipedia Español

  • 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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