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machinelike

[muh-sheen-lahyk] /məˈʃinˌlaɪk/
adjective
1.
like a machine, as in regular movement or uniform pattern of operation:
to conduct business with machinelike efficiency.
Origin of machinelike
1690-1700
First recorded in 1690-1700; machine + -like
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  • Only for a moment was the machinelike precision of the English class broken.

    Highacres

    Jane Abbott
  • The only fault to find with these garments is their machinelike cut.

    The Complete Bachelor Walter Germain
  • Its huge multiple eyes stared with machinelike preoccupation at the world.

    The Red Dust Murray Leinster
  • The place was set on fire with help of machinelike bicycle pumps with which many of the soldiers were furnished.

  • Zola was never a rapid writer, and seems to have regulated his literary production with machinelike uniformity.

    A Zola Dictionary J. G. Patterson

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