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(as) regular as clockwork

1. Occurring at consistent, predictable intervals or points in time. One thing I loved about living in Germany was that the trains were always regular as clockwork. Every evening at 8 PM, as regular as clockwork, my dad sits in his armchair and reads the newspaper for exactly 45 minutes.
2. slang To have reliable, healthy bowel movements. I've been as regular as clockwork every since I started eating a healthier balance of protein, fiber, and carbohydrates. Drinking all of this prune juice keeps me regular as clockwork!
See also: clockwork, 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

keep (some kind of) hours

1. To maintain a particular 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 that the kids start keeping regular hours when they are young, since having unpredictable bedtimes can cause a lot of problems with sleep.
2. To maintain particular 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 a given day.
See also: hour, keep, kind

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

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

on the regular

Regularly. I used to go there on the regular, but I've been busy.
See also: 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

regular fellow

A good-natured, dependable person. Oh, Sarah will certainly help you with that—she's a regular fellow. We're looking for a couple of regular fellows to help with our project this weekend.
See also: fellow, regular

regular fixture

A person or thing that appears very frequently, commonly, or dependably in or on something or some place. The region is now a regular fixture in the company's quarterly earnings reports, as more and more people there embrace their products. The exaggerated character has become a regular fixture on the popular TV variety show. I know my dad was a regular fixture in this bar, so I figured if anyone would know what happened, they would be here.
See also: regular

regular guy

A good-natured, dependable man. Oh, Earl will certainly help you with that—he's a regular guy. We're looking for a couple of regular guys to help with our project this weekend.
See also: guy, regular
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: regular

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

like clockwork

1 very smoothly and easily, with no disruptions or problems. 2 with mechanical regularity.
See also: clockwork, like
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

(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
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like clockwork

With machinelike regularity and precision; perfectly: The project proceeded like clockwork.
See also: clockwork, like
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Trojan, he is a/works like a/a regular

A determined, energetic individual; hardworking. The term comes from Homer’s description of the Trojans in the Iliad and Virgil’s description in the Aeneid. In both epics they are pictured as brave patriots who work hard for their country. This view was adopted by later writers, such as Samuel Butler, who wrote (Hudibras, 1663), “There they say right, and like true Trojans.”
See also: he, like, regular, work
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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The SMU means the protective umbrella of the union covers all workers, regular and non-regular, formal and informal.
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But protect the Reserves' interests and maybe encourage others to try the Reserves before they buy the Regular lifestyle.
Soy desserts are lower in saturated fat than regular ice cream, but the unsaturated fat in soybeans can give them 100 more calories than a regular ice cream like Dreyer's or Edy's.
6,792 yards from the championship markers and 6,352 from the regular tees.
"We didn't take the chemical approach of adding artificial fat and sugar substitutes to our regular line," says General Foods' Lang.
Entenmann's fat-free cakes may have a little more than its regular line.
Of course, that's still 25 to 40 percent less than you'll get from most regular cakes.
In a blind test, 9 out of 12 people thought the no-fat pound cake was the regular!
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* Popular (The WB) Recurring gay character Harrison John (Christopher Gotham) has a lesbian mom Regular character who has "experimented" Lily Esposito (Tamara Mello) and Carmen Ferrara (Sara Rue)locked lips once Very special episode characters Gay characters pop in and out--just like everyone else.
* Party of Five (Fox) Recurring gay characters Violin teacher Ross (Mitchell Anderson) and nanny Victor (Wilson Cruz) Regular character who has "experimented" Julia Salinger (Neve Campbell) shared a smooch with a literary mentor (Olivia d'Abo).
* Beverly Hills, 902110 (Fox) Recurring gay character Steve Sander (Ian Ziering) has a lesbian mom (Christina Belford) Regular character who has "experimented" Well, Kelly Taylor (Jennie Gadh) had a crush on Kyle (David Lascher), who turned out to be gay, and in college a lesbian made a pass at her--does that count?
* Freaks and Geeks (NSC); Roswell (The WB); Time of Your Life (Fox); Get Real (Fox) Regular gay characters None Recurring gay characters None Regular characters who have "experimented" None Very special episode characters None, Freaks and Geeks suggests that there were no gay people in Michigan in 1980, Nor are there any in Roswell, N.M., in 2000, (Those alien kids must have local closets pretty full up,) On Time of YourLife, despite living in New York City's East Village, Sarah Merrin (Jennifer Love Hewitt) has met exactly one gay person (RuPaul), a guy she thought might be her father, Uh-huh, As for Get Real: The show could use a very special episode, given its dismal ratings.--J.E.