Definition of clockwork in English:

clockwork

Line breaks: clock|work
Pronunciation: /ˈklɒkwəːk
 
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noun

[mass noun]
A mechanism with a spring and toothed gearwheels, used to drive a mechanical clock, toy, or other device: quartz watches are more accurate than those driven by clockwork
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  • Of inventions which proved to have major significance, only the lens and clockwork travelled in the opposite direction, eastwards across Eurasia.
  • My mother was like the evil clockwork of some kind of villainous clock gone haywire.
  • Loves are lost, hearts are broken, games become mere clockwork, and his passion dies.

adjective

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1Driven by clockwork: a clockwork motor
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  • They were real passions, and at first I thought ‘hey, wouldn't it be good to use the Internet to trade clockwork tin toys’.
  • Danielle jumped up and down and clapped her hands above her head like a clockwork toy gone haywire.
  • The baroque churches are glorious, chocolate-box designs, as playful and loveable as the clockwork stars of Toccata for Toy Trains.
1.1Very smooth and regular: the clockwork precision of the galaxy
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  • Their bodies seemed like a temple for artistic expression that gestured and moved with clockwork precision.
  • With clockwork precision 50 women completed it in 10.42 hours.
  • He performed a few feats with clockwork precision.
1.2Repetitive and predictable: it was a clockwork existence for the children
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  • Jolted by a mugging into the feeling that he is leading a clockwork, incomplete existence, Walker subsequently walks out on his spouse.
  • Children slept in dormitories, they ate together in silence, and they lived their days to a clockwork routine which never varied.
  • Kant's private life is often parodied as one of clockwork routine, fastidious, donnish, and self-centred.

Phrases

as regular as clockwork

Very regularly; repeatedly and predictably: she used to give me these chocolates Christmas and Easter, as regular as clockwork
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  • The comedic cut scenes are as regular as clockwork and often as predictable.
  • A new generation comes through as regular as clockwork.
  • The customers who voted for him said he is as regular as clockwork.

like clockwork

Very smoothly and easily: the event ran like clockwork
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  • Everything that he organised was spot-on and ran like clockwork.
  • Everything ran like clockwork for the Irish fivesome who had to quickly move on to launches in Belfast, Edinburgh, Manchester and London.
  • A picnic atmosphere prevailed and thankfully everything ran like clockwork, even with a huge entry of over 200 competitors.
With mechanical regularity: these hens lay like clockwork
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  • I hadn't seen Matt in a while, but his phone-calls were regular like clockwork, or had been until a week ago.
  • But at SRC, we've built a system of mechanisms that makes innovation happen like clockwork.
  • But last night the many city residents who nominated the man who has kept Hull's timepieces running like clockwork for 40 years, declared ‘it's about time’.

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