(run/go) like clockwork


1. to run mechanically and dependably (or as expected)






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the train runs like clockwork - every hour

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 If something runs or goes like clockwork, it implies that it works in a dependable or mechanical manner with minimal problems, hitches or changes to a schedule. This is a common phrase used in professional and social contexts to describe people and things - particularly things that are automated.

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  1. The children wake me up at 5am every morning - like clockwork.

  2. The neighbours' dog barks like clockwork every evening until its owners come home.

  3. The tram schedule in Dresden runs like clockwork. The trams are never late.

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  1. I’d prefer to use our usual supplier. They’re dependable and their deliveries arrive like clockwork.
  2. I have come to expect an audit every second year. It’s like clockwork at this stage.

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the clock is ticking

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