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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

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.
See also: clockwork, regular

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.
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A space X is pairwise almost regular [12] if for every ([[tau].
The taxpayer argued that the prohibition against carrying back capital losses to a previous year and the $3,000 deduction limitation on capital losses applied only to the regular tax computation, not the AMT calculation.
Certain preference items that were used to reduce the taxpayer's regular tax liability must be added back in determining AMT income.
Researchers have long known that regular exercise can boost HDL ("good") cholesterol, which is the cholesterol that's on its way out of the arteries.
Regular use was defined as women who took aspirin at least 4 times per week for at least 3 months and initiated use at least 1 year prior to the reference age (age at diagnosis of breast cancer or corresponding age for controls).
Pattern matching using Regular Expressions is the most accurate but also the most compute-intensive way to implement content filtering," said Randy Smerik, CEO of Tarari, Inc.
It demands a higher degree of coordination and planning among regular and special-education teachers, yet few school systems allot the time and resources to promote these exchanges.
If a separate claim cycle is established, the regular audit cycle may be completed and closed with a "Notice of Completion of Regular Exam Activity.
Use the marker to label the bottom of one petri dish "C" for control; one "R" for regular soap; and the third "A" for antibacterial soap.
If the loan has more than one payment level, the regular payment for each level must be disclosed.
Both sucrose and fructose are substrates for oral bacteria; therefore, regular pops are potentially cariogenic.
The alternate calculation uses an income base significantly larger than the base for computing the regular tax, The difference is primarily attributable to an outdated depreciation system; an inventory calculation that penalizes companies for inflation; disallowance of tax credits, such as R&D, work opportunity tax credit and others; as well as the cap on net operating losses and foreign tax credits.
That is, $40,000 in regular income taxes on real income I actually earned, and another $72,000 in AMT that is on income I never actually received, and income I may never actually receive given the stock price.
Forty-eight regular admission (RA) and 42 underprepared (DEV) college students estimated their own ability to solve 10 mathematics problems and then attempted to solve the same 10 problems.
The Gen X and Baby Boomer segments show the highest regular user rates at 48 percent and 47 percent, respectively.