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clockwork

[klok-wurk] /ˈklɒkˌwɜrk/
noun
1.
the mechanism of a clock.
2.
any mechanism similar to that of a clock.
Idioms
3.
like clockwork, with perfect regularity or precision:
The launching of the spacecraft went off like clockwork.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; clock1 + work
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Examples from the web for clockwork
  • He has never directly observed the clockwork precision of its fulfillment system.
  • Darkness is as essential to our biological welfare, to our internal clockwork, as light itself.
  • We are now a bimonthly publication, coming out regular as clockwork six times a year.
  • Ice ages do not occur regularly as clockwork, there is a lot of variety in the occurrence of ice ages.
  • Reliable, regular-as-clockwork tidal power schemes to exploit our island coastline.
  • After going through its share of growing pains, it now operates with clockwork efficiency.
  • The keeper had to manually rewind the clockwork apparatus each day.
British Dictionary definitions for clockwork

clockwork

/ˈklɒkˌwɜːk/
noun
1.
the mechanism of a clock
2.
any similar mechanism, as in a wind-up toy
3.
like clockwork, with complete regularity and precision
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Word Origin and History for clockwork
n.

also clock-work, 1660s, "mechanism of a clock," from clock (n.1) + work (n.). Figurative sense of "anything of unvarying regularity" is recorded earlier (1620s).

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