clockwork

noun
clock·​work | \ ˈkläk-ˌwərk How to pronounce clockwork (audio) \

Definition of clockwork

1 : the inner workings of something
2 : the machinery (such as springs and a train of gears) that run a clock also : a similar mechanism running a mechanical device (such as a toy)
3 : the precision, regularity, or absence of variation associated with a clock or clockwork a clockwork operation used in the phrase like clockwork to describe something that happens or works in a regular and exact way This type of star has a wonderful property: Its brightness waxes and wanes like clockwork— Ron CowenIf everything went like clockwork, it would have taken a year to get items in stores.— Brooks Barnes

Examples of clockwork in a Sentence

the clockwork inside a mechanical toy soldier
Recent Examples on the Web Every year, like clockwork, the fund effectively wipes out hundreds of millions of dollars worth of Yass’ income that would otherwise get hit at the highest tax rates, while generating hundreds of millions in income that is taxed at the lower rate. Justin Elliott, ProPublica, 23 June 2022 Some of the premier attractions at America’s first national park were again viewable, including Old Faithful, which shoots bursts of steaming water almost like clockwork more than a dozen times a day. Matthew Brown And Amy Beth Hanson, Anchorage Daily News, 22 June 2022 Some of the premier attractions at America's first national park will again be viewable, including Old Faithful – the legendary geyser that shoots towering bursts of steaming water almost like clockwork more than a dozen times a day. Matthew Brown And Amy Beth Hanson, USA TODAY, 22 June 2022 Making standard events happen like clockwork without human intervention means time saved and mistakes averted. Agur Jõgi, Forbes, 22 June 2022 Some of the premier attractions at America's first national park will again be viewable, including Old Faithful — the legendary geyser that shoots towering bursts of steaming water almost like clockwork more than a dozen times a day. CBS News, 22 June 2022 Almost like clockwork, the D614G variant emerged in the spring of 2020 and overtook the original SARS-CoV-2 outbreak strain. David R. Martinez, The Conversation, 2 June 2022 And like clockwork, Cruz heated up as the weather did, batting .256 with six homers in May. Wilson Moore, The Indianapolis Star, 14 June 2022 Tough job, trying to advance diversity initiatives and yes, change attitudes and perceptions in the NFL, when reminders of racist practices and thinking are prone to pop up like clockwork. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, 10 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of clockwork

1628, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Clockwork.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clockwork. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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clockwork

noun
clock·​work | \ ˈkläk-ˌwərk How to pronounce clockwork (audio) \

Kids Definition of clockwork

: machinery that makes the parts of a device move
like clockwork
: in a very regular or exact way He stops in every day like clockwork.

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