Go like clockwork

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Go like clockwork to go along smoothly and without a hitch
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. clokke, prob. through O. Fr. from Low L. cloca, clocca, a bell; mod. Fr. cloche, Dut. klok; Ger. glocke, a bell.

Usage

In literature:

My heart was going like clockwork now.
"Joe Wilson and His Mates" by Henry Lawson
When once this elderly babbler began to talk, he would go on like clockwork unless Mlle.
"Father Goriot" by Honore de Balzac
Everything would go like clockwork in our home.
"He Fell in Love with His Wife" by Edward P. Roe
The house would have been set to rights in three or four days, and every thing going on like clockwork.
"Trials and Confessions of a Housekeeper" by T. S. Arthur
Such a man expects you to go like clockwork, and because you are not wound up just as he is, he insults you.
"The Way We Live Now" by Anthony Trollope
They came in like clockwork, every man knew his place, and exactly where to go.
"Into the Jaws of Death" by Jack O'Brien
We go like clockwork, Peter and I.
"The Eye of Dread" by Payne Erskine
This is going to match up like clockwork.
"Stepsons of Light" by Eugene Manlove Rhodes
And with the other weapon still in their hands, the whole operation was going like clockwork.
"Project Cyclops" by Thomas Hoover
Now all he had to do was slip through and the rest should go like clockwork.
"Project Daedalus" by Thomas Hoover
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In news:

As I took a few days off around Easter, I tried to get away as much as possible from the daily slings and arrows in the Barack Obama-Hillary Clinton Battle, but like clockwork, the jabs go on with no sign that they'll end anytime soon.
Rush keeps going like ' Clockwork ' after 38 years.
Ever since the October disaster, annual inspection notices go out like clockwork.
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