Definition of clockwork noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

clockwork

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈklɒkwɜːk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈklɑːkwɜːrk//
 
[uncountable]
 
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  • machinery with wheels and springs clockwork toys (= toys that you wind up with a key) working with clockwork (= complete) precision
  • Idioms to happen according to plan; to happen without difficulties or problems The operation went like clockwork.
    (as) regular as clockwork
     
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    very regularly; happening at the same time in the same way He is home by six every day, regular as clockwork. More Like ThisSimiles in idioms (as) bald as a coot, (as) blind as a bat, (as) bright as a button, (as) bold as brass, as busy as a bee, as clean as a whistle, (as) dead as a/​the dodo, (as) deaf as a post, (as) dull as ditchwater, (as) fit as a fiddle, as flat as a pancake, (as) good as gold, (as) mad as a hatter/​a March hare, (as) miserable/​ugly as sin, as old as the hills, (as) pleased as Punch, as pretty as a picture, (as) regular as clockwork, (as) quick as a flash, (as) safe as houses, (as) sound as a bell, (as) steady as a rock, (as) thick as two short planks, (as) tough as old bootsSee worksheet.
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