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A mechanism of geared wheels driven by a wound spring, as in a mechanical clock.
like clockwork
With machinelike regularity and precision; perfectly: The project proceeded like clockwork.
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1. (Horology) the mechanism of a clock
2. (Horology) any similar mechanism, as in a wind-up toy
3. like clockwork with complete regularity and precision
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1. the mechanism of a clock.
2. any mechanism similar to that of a clock.
like clockwork, with perfect regularity or precision.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.clockwork - any mechanism of geared wheels that is driven by a coiled springclockwork - any mechanism of geared wheels that is driven by a coiled spring; resembles the works of a mechanical clock
mainspring - the most important spring in a mechanical device (especially a clock or watch); as it uncoils it drives the mechanism
mechanism - device consisting of a piece of machinery; has moving parts that perform some function
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آلة تُشْبِه السّاعَه
hodinový stroj
mekanisk legetøj
kurgulu düzeneksaat düzeneği


A. N to go like clockworkfuncionar como un reloj
B. CPD [toy] → de cuerda
clockwork train Ntren m de cuerda
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to go like clockwork → marcher comme sur des roulettes
Everything went like clockwork → Tout a marché comme sur des roulettes.
adj [toy, train] → mécanique
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1. n to go like clockwork (fig) → funzionare alla perfezione
2. adj (toy, train) → a molla
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(klok) noun
1. an instrument for measuring time, but not worn on the wrist like a watch. We have five clocks in our house; an alarm clock (= a clock with a ringing device for waking one up in the morning).
2. an instrument for measuring speed of a vehicle or distance travelled by a vehicle. My car has 120,000 miles on the clock.
to register (a time) on a stopwatch etc.
ˈclockwise adverb
in the direction of the movement of the hands of a clock. The children moved clockwise round the room, then anticlockwise.
ˈclockwork noun
machinery similar to that of a clock. a toy which works by clockwork.
clock in/out/on/off
to register or record time of arriving at or leaving work.
clock up
to reach a total of. I've clocked up eight thousand miles this year in my car.
like clockwork
very smoothly and without faults. Everything went like clockwork.
round the clock
the whole day and the whole night. to work round the clock.
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References in classic literature ?
'Most every clench, like clock work, down he'd chop one on me.
The Chief Minister said that project in energy and other sectors will be completed through round the clock work.
Fancher, the board's chairman, said he's hopeful that cost estimates, which were less than $10,000 a year ago, won't have risen too much and that the amount authorized for the building repairs will probably include enough to cover the clock work.
The official said the department will charge extra fees for issuing the commercial licences allowing round the clock work. However, the activities related to services that the public need at night will be exempted from extra fees.
So how do you make your body clock work best for you and what times of the day are best for doing which chores?
During the meeting, the members of the delegation maintained that they were happy to see wonderful development in Punjab, and added that round the clock work was being carried out in the province which had also been commended at the global level.