What does like clockwork mean?


Idiom Meaning:

precise or timely with no delay


Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:


Hello, Dolly! (1969)

Time of Scene: 00:27:00

Dolly Levi: Not acquaintances, Mr. Kemper. Friends. Dear friends from days gone by. My late husband Ephraim Levi believed in life and anyplace you can find it… cafes, ballrooms, yes even theatres! Why, even when times were bad, every Saturday night like clockwork down those stars at the Harmonia Gardens we came, Ephraim and me.


Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Time of Scene: n/a

Cogsworth: Well, Master, I have had my doubts, but everything is moving like clockwork. True love really does win the day!

Beast: I let her go.

Cogsworth: You what?

Lumière: Master, how could you do that?

Beast: I had to.

Cogsworth: But why?

Mrs. Potts: Because he loves her.

Lumière: Then why are we not human?

Cogsworth: Because she doesn’t love him. And now, it’s too late.

Plumette: But she might come back.

Beast: No. I set her free. I’m sorry I couldn’t do the same for all of you. Now, go. Our time is almost past.


Breaking Bad “Say My Name” (2012)

Time of Scene: 00:42:00

Mike Ehrmantraut: All of this, falling apart like this, is on you.

Walter White: Wow. Wow! Oh, that’s some kind of logic right there, Mike. You screw up, get yourself followed by the DEA, and now, suddenly, this is all my fault. Why don’t you walk me through this, Mike?

Mike Ehrmantraut: We had a good thing, you stupid son of a bitch! We had Fring. We had a lab. We had everything we needed, and it all ran like clockwork. You could’ve shut your mouth, cooked and made as much money as you ever needed. It was perfect. But, no, you just had to blow it up. You and your pride and your ego! You just had to be the man. If you’d done your job, known your place, we’d all be fine right now.


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