like clockwork

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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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: clockwork - with regularity and precision; "the rocket launch went off like clockwork"
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سارَت الأُمور مِثل السّاعَه
jako po másle
karikacsapás: megy, mint a karikacsapás
eins og klukka; jafnt og òétt
ako hodinky
saat gibi


(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 ?
It was like clockwork. He could watch every wheel go around.
Besides, on the stage, the programme runs like clockwork. Got to start performing on the tick of the clock, and anywhere from one to seven turns a day, all depending what kind of time you've got.
Really, the event just gets better and better every year - staff were very friendly and queues were very limited, the whole thing runs like clockwork and it's hard to find anything to moan about, which is quite an achievement these days.