Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts
(run/go) like clockwork
run like clockworkgo like clockwork
1) to run mechanically and dependably (or as expected)
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the train runs like clockwork - every hour
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.
Social Examples (Basic)
The children wake me up at 5am every morning - like clockwork.
The neighbours' dog barkslike clockworkevery evening until its owners come home.
The tram schedule in Dresdenruns like clockwork. The trams are never late.
Professional Examples (Basic)
I’d prefer to use our usual supplier. They’re dependable and their deliveries arrive like clockwork.
I have come to expect an audit every second year. It’s like clockwork at this stage.
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