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Meaning of “clockwork” in the English Dictionary

"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 ​devicesoperate: 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 ​oldertypes of ​clocks, ​toys, and other ​devicesworklike clockwork Something that is like clockwork ​runseasily, ​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)
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