watchspring


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watchspring

(ˈwɒtʃˌsprɪŋ)
n
(Horology) the main spring inside a watch
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Like economists and others before and after, Marx claimed that the accumulation of capital was the watchspring of wealthy modernity.
Kingsley, so long regarded as one of this country's finest stage and screen thespians and revered as a performer, equally at home playing statesmen and others of high rank, revels in bringing Don to the screen - a deadly, solitary weapon of violence coiled tighter than a watchspring and ready to explode.