- like clockwork, with perfect regularity or precision: The launching of the spacecraft went off like clockwork.
Origin of clockwork
- the mechanism of a clock
- any similar mechanism, as in a wind-up toy
- like clockwork with complete regularity and precision
Word Origin and History for like clockwork
Idioms and Phrases with like clockwork
Also, regular as clockwork. With extreme regularity, as in Ruth arrives every Wednesday morning just like clockwork, or You can count on his schedule, which is regular as clockwork, or Their assembly line runs like clockwork. This idiom alludes to the mechanical and therefore very regular action of a clock. [Second half of 1600s]