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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.
See also: basis, on, regular

regular brick

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

at regular intervals

At an equal distance apart. Make sure to position those Christmas lights so that the flashing ones appear at regular intervals.
See also: interval, regular

be as regular as clockwork

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

like clockwork

Predictably and dependably. Everything is going like clockwork, so we should be ready to start construction by the end of the month. The conference went like clockwork from beginning to end.
See also: clockwork, like

keep (some kind of) hours

1. Used to describe one's pattern or schedule of being awake and asleep. Because of the huge time difference, Sam has kept really strange hours since coming back from Japan. It's important the kids start keeping regular hours when they are young, as having unpredictable bedtimes and lengths of sleep can seriously impact on their development.
2. Used to describe one's business hours. The local doctor has always kept rather irregular hours. Sometimes it just comes down to luck whether he'll be there at all on any given day.
See also: hour, keep, kind

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.
See also: interval, regular

*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.
See also: guy, regular

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]
See also: clockwork, like

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]
See also: guy, regular

like clockwork

COMMON
1. If something goes or runs like clockwork, it works very well and happens in exactly the way it is expected to. The journey there went like clockwork — flying out on Friday from Gatwick it took seven hours door-to-door. He soon had the household running like clockwork.
2. If someone does something like clockwork, they do it regularly, always at the same time. They would arrive like clockwork just before dawn. Every day at 3:00, like clockwork, he comes in here for a cup of coffee. Note: You can also say that someone does something, or that something happens, regular as clockwork. Every three years, regular as clockwork, the great Anne Tyler produces a new novel.
See also: clockwork, like

like clockwork

1 very smoothly and easily, with no disruptions or problems. 2 with mechanical regularity.
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(as) regular as ˈclockwork

very regularly; happening at the same time in the same way; reliable: She arrives at work on her bicycle at 8.45 every day, as regular as clockwork.
See also: clockwork, regular

like clockwork

With machinelike regularity and precision; perfectly: The project proceeded like clockwork.
See also: clockwork, like
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