Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(run/go) like clockwork

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Meaning(s)
1) to run mechanically and dependably (or as expected)
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • the train runs like clockwork - every hour
  • Analysis
     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)
    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.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    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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