Definition of 'clockwork'
Video: pronunciation of 'clockwork'
Example sentences containing 'clockwork'
These examples have been automatically selected and may contain sensitive content. Read more…
Whether it is all running like clockwork depends on results. The Sun (2012)They all ran like clockwork and were free. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Japanese cars in the main seem to run like clockwork. The Sun (2009)You can also see the clockwork mechanism that made the light flash. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Now my day runs like clockwork. Times, Sunday Times (2008)All week it worked like clockwork. FRANKIE: The Autobiography of Frankie Dettori (2004)Hopefully you'll sort any hitches so the whole wedding runs like clockwork. The Sun (2009)For years, the last day of the season has run like clockwork. The Sun (2016)Me and a cameraman with a clockwork wind-up camera. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The Olympic village ran like clockwork. The Sun (2012)A grey mental gloom settles over them with clockwork regularity as soon as the days draw in and the mornings get darker. Stay Well This Winter (1989)But, after that, the system at the hospital went like clockwork. Times, Sunday Times (2014)He felt himself running in slow motion, slower and slower, like a clockwork toy running down. CHARMED LIFE (1977)For those of us lucky enough to have been in Beijing, it was the way the whole thing ran like clockwork. The Sun (2011)They are dull from a distance, audible by clicks and ribald whistles, and up close as glossy and iridescent as clockwork toys. Times, Sunday Times (2016)As usual, though, the moment a plan does not go like clockwork from the outset there are calls for it to be abandoned. Times, Sunday Times (2008)England carried themselves wearily from the beginning, conscious that they had forfeited the game the day before, going through their activities now like clockwork toys winding down. Times, Sunday Times (2013)
Trends of 'clockwork'
Used Occasionally. clockwork is one of the 30000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary
View usage for:
Translations for 'clockwork'
British English: clockwork ADJECTIVE
A clockwork toy or device has machinery inside it which makes it move when it is wound up with a key.
...a clockwork train-set.
Definition of clockwork from the Collins English Dictionary
Collins Dictionaries for Schools
Meme Ban, Heart Age & Collagin: September’s Words in the News
Catch up on the latest words in the news this September with Robert Groves.
Collins Reference Catalogue 2019
Join the Collins community
All the latest wordy news, linguistic insights, offers and competitions every month.