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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: clockwork - with regularity and precision; "the rocket launch went off like clockwork"
idiomatic expression, phrasal idiom, set phrase, phrase, idiom - an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up
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.
References in classic literature ?
Besides, on the stage, the programme runs like clockwork.
As the figure moved like clockwork, however, and could neither hasten his enormous strides nor retard them, he arrived at the port when they were just beyond the reach of his club.
Wind her up, set her off on a pre-arranged course, and she'll perform a particular duty like clockwork until it's time to stop.