Definition of like clockwork in English:

like clockwork


  • 1Very smoothly and easily.

    ‘the event ran like clockwork’
    • ‘Everything was going smoothly - like clockwork.’
    • ‘Everything that he organised was spot-on and ran like clockwork.’
    • ‘The whole thing ran like clockwork, from pre-show to post-show.’
    • ‘That dry run ensured everything on the big day itself ran like clockwork.’
    • ‘You couldn't always expect things to go smoothly like clockwork, but he did.’
    • ‘The laboratory ran like clockwork and he kept a watchful eye on the welfare of his staff.’
    • ‘Everything ran like clockwork for the Irish fivesome who had to quickly move on to launches in Belfast, Edinburgh, Manchester and London.’
    • ‘With the help of everyone, the day ran like clockwork.’
    • ‘A picnic atmosphere prevailed and thankfully everything ran like clockwork, even with a huge entry of over 200 competitors.’
    • ‘Each stage ran like clockwork and bands had nothing but nice comments for the entire affair.’
    without a hitch, like clockwork, with no trouble, without difficulty, easily, effortlessly, as planned, to plan, according to plan, swimmingly, satisfactorily, very well
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    1. 1.1 With mechanical regularity.
      ‘these hens lay 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’.’
      • ‘The #3 Audi ran like clockwork throughout the race.’
      • ‘I hadn't seen Matt in a while, but his phone-calls were regular like clockwork, or had been until a week ago.’
      • ‘Well, listen, when I dealt with women who were having crack-addicted babies every year like clockwork, I didn't like them particularly.’
      • ‘I am very pleased to have won, the car ran like clockwork.’
      • ‘But at SRC, we've built a system of mechanisms that makes innovation happen like clockwork.’
      • ‘Like most things Korean, they run like clockwork and like most things, almost no effort is required to use them.’
      without exception, unfailingly, constantly, regularly, invariably, dependably, conscientiously, reliably, faithfully, predictably, punctually, religiously, whatever happened, always
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