Meaning of “clockwork” in the English Dictionary

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"clockwork" in British English

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clockworknoun [ U ]

uk /ˈklɒk.wɜːk/ us /ˈklɑːk.wɝːk/

a system of springs and wheels that you wind (= turn) with a key or handle to make some clocks, toys, and other devices operate:

a clockwork train/mouse

(Definition of “clockwork” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"clockwork" in American English

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clockworknoun [ U ]

us /ˈklɑkˌwɜrk/

machinery with springs and wheels that makes older types of clocks, toys, and other devices work

like clockwork

Something that is like clockwork runs easily, automatically, and always in the same way:

The Cardinals have been winning like clockwork for most of the season.

(Definition of “clockwork” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)