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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

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

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.
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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.
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like clockwork

With machinelike regularity and precision; perfectly: The project proceeded like clockwork.
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Berenguer, who had established and commanded the Moroccon Regulares, remembered the name when Franco applied for a transfer to the Regulares in December 1912.
El listado incluyo 46 nuevos miembros estudiantiles, 38 miembros regulares, 22 premios estudiantiles, y un miembro vitalicio.
Estas combinações, dentre outras características, serão afirmadas ora pelo abandono dos exageros experimentais (como, por exemplo, os praticados no conto "A verdadeira história de Sally Can Dance [and The Kids]") ora pela atenuação destes experimentalismos de modo a compor combinações entre motivos e situações dramáticas mais regulares.
A região do Cerrado (Cavalcanti e Joly, 2002) foi dividida em uma malha de 181 células regulares de 1[degré] de longitude por 1[degré] de latitude.
Gummel e Schlunder (1980) estudaram a secagem de malhas texteis e papel, considerados como materiais porosos regulares, compostos por multiplos feixes fibrosos, evidenciando um comportamento capilar.
La division entre entidades con sujetos armados que brindan seguridad y propietarios de riqueza que la compran, la diferenciacion entre quienes usan la fuerza para proteger y gobernar, y quienes para producir mercancias convencionales pagan por su seguridad, es caracteristico de muchas sociedades a traves de la historia, al igual que es una antigua estrategia militar la existencia de Ejercitos regulares con grupos de milicias paramilitares que los apoyan (Singer 2003, ch.
Muchos de los clientes regulares de las cadenas reciben un descuento extra por ser miembros de la cooperativa".
Se ignora la duracion exacta de la abstinencia posparto pues, al inicio, las relaciones sexuales pueden ser irregulares y solo despues volverse regulares.
The treatises are Adversus eos qui apud se habent virgins subintroductas (Against those men who have virgins living subservient to them) and Quod regulares feminae viris cohabitare non debeant (That women under ascetic rule ought not cohabit with men).
While mostly restricted to service in the Plazas, the Regulares also provide a ceremonial guard unit which serves in Madrid and is often seen at parades and ceremonies in their traditional white turbans and Moorish capes (Intrep, Newsletter of the ACT Branch, November 2000).
Por ejemplo, los flujos de fondo para los hoteles, por lo general, no son tan regulares como los de edificios de apartamentos, hacienda esencial el entender los posibles riesgos antes de cerrar una transaccion".
O processamento eletronico do som molda uma outra matriz sonora a base de bits e de batidas regulares, que sera o referente sonoro mais caracteristico da musica eletronica a partir da decada de 1980.
Vale observar que, entre os regulares mencionados nas pautas entre 1771 e 1809, estavam presentes somente os carmelitas, os franciscanos, os capuchinhos italianos e os beneditinos, visto que os jesuitas haviam sido expulsos de Portugal e seus dominios em 1759.
Nao foi diferente na situacao C, mas nao a ponto de comprometer as vendas da turma da Monica jovem, que foram duas vezes maiores do que as dos personagens regulares.