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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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British Dictionary definitions for like 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 like clockwork

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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Idioms and Phrases with like clockwork

like clockwork

Also, regular as clockwork. With extreme regularity, as in Ruth arrives every Wednesday morning just like clockwork, or You can count on his schedule, which is regular as clockwork, or Their assembly line runs like clockwork. This idiom alludes to the mechanical and therefore very regular action of a clock. [ Second half of 1600s ]
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