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on a regular basis

Quite often and/or in a consistent, regular manner. The general manager drops into the restaurant on a regular basis, so the staff members have to be on their toes at all times.
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regular brick

A good-natured, dependable man. Oh, Earl will certainly help you with that—he's a regular brick.
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at regular intervals

At an equal distance apart. Make sure to position those Christmas lights so that the flashing ones appear at regular intervals.
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be as regular as clockwork

To happen at predictable intervals. My daughter starts crying every night at bedtime—it's as regular as clockwork.
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at regular intervals

[of things in a series] at points that are equally distant from each other. You will find service stations at regular intervals along the highway. There are street lights at regular intervals on the main street of town.
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*regular as clockwork

Cliché very regular; completely predictable. (*Also: as ~.) George goes down to the bus stop at 7:45 every morning, as regular as clockwork. You can always depend on Nancy to complain about the office for fifteen minutes every afternoon, regular as clockwork.
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regular fixture

someone who is found so frequently in a place as to be considered a fixture of, or part of the place. The manager attached himself to the luncheon club and became a regular fixture there.
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regular guy

a normal and dependable guy. Don't worry about Tom. He's a regular guy. He won't give you any trouble.
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like clockwork

1. at regular times I change my car's oil like clockwork every 3,000 miles.
2. without problems Most of the performance went like clockwork, but there were a few little things that weren't perfect.
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like clockwork

if something happens like clockwork, it happens at regular times He arrived at 7 every evening, like clockwork.
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be as regular as clockwork

if something is as regular as clockwork, it happens at exactly regular times Her letters arrived every week, regular as clockwork.
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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]
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regular guy

Also, regular fellow. A nice or agreeable person, as in Luke's a regular guy, or Hilda's a regular fellow. [Colloquial; first half of 1800s]
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like clockwork

With machinelike regularity and precision; perfectly: The project proceeded like clockwork.
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References in classic literature ?
But is not the fact an alarming proof of the danger resulting from a government which does not possess regular powers commensurate to its objects?
Quite Ready' is the signal to lower the trap, which we do in the regular theater-fashion.
The whole regular army was in the field, called there by the actions of the Black Hundreds.
A similar treatment, too, was being given to the Christmas scene, still more humanly beautiful, of his birth in the manger, and occasionally the two scenes might be taken from their regular places in the service, combined, and presented at any season of the year.
It should be observed that, while the conception of a regular appearance is perfectly precise, the conception of an irregular appearance is one capable of any degree of vagueness.
In order that a particular may count as an irregular appearance of a certain object, it is not necessary that it should bear any resemblance to the regular appearances as regard its intrinsic qualities.
They won't give 'em up," said the man; "there's a regular shinty in the house, and everything at sixes and sevens.
He's a regular trump, that boy," the father went on, still musing about his son.
The longer Levin mowed, the oftener he felt the moments of unconsciousness in which it seemed not his hands that swung the scythe, but the scythe mowing of itself, a body full of life and consciousness of its own, and as though by magic, without thinking of it, the work turned out regular and well-finished of itself.
There were one or two others, of different mould, whose descriptions must however be referred to the regular course of the narrative.
In the little valleys, which, in the regular formation of the land, occurred at every mile of their progress, the view was bounded, on two of the sides, by the gradual and low elevations, which gave name to the description of prairie we have mentioned; while on the others, the meagre prospect ran off in long, narrow, barren perspectives, but slightly relieved by a pitiful show of coarse, though somewhat luxuriant vegetation.
But yer must know, Work'us, yer mother was a regular right-down bad 'un.
A regular right-down bad 'un, Work'us,' replied Noah, coolly.
There is another pump room, into which infirm ladies and gentlemen are wheeled, in such an astonishing variety of chairs and chaises, that any adventurous individual who goes in with the regular number of toes, is in imminent danger of coming out without them; and there is a third, into which the quiet people go, for it is less noisy than either.
Of all the series regulars on the networks' 2006-07 prime-time schedules, there are only the returning three gay characters as well as six on new shows -- all in supporting roles, according to a study, ``Where We Are on TV,'' being released today by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).