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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.
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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

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.
See also: clockwork, like

(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

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
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"Large is the opposite of small, not the opposite of regular. The comedy duo was Little and Large, not Regular and Large - and small, medium and large are all regular sizes.
(i) [[lambda].sub.1] is constant on the equivalence classes ofthe extension and induces a left regular permutation [[lambda].sub.1] : K [right arrow] K ofthe quasigroup (K, *),
* Nevertheless, the proportion of professional and technical workers among non-regular workers (13%) matches that of regular workers (Panel D).
After inflationary adjustments, the growth in average regular wages in the first five months of the year was only 1.77 percent year-on-year, while that of average earned income was 1.27 percent.
Attendance of other senators in the third regular session of the 17th Congress are as follows:
Regular admissions mostly take into consideration academic grades and the CSAT, which is based on a multiple choice test taken annually in November.
As reported, the council of the Latvian Health and Social Care Workers' Trade Union (LVSADA) on May 16 decided to call on healthcare workers to start a warning protest campaign in a way of refusing to work the so-called extended regular working hours or overtime for which they are not paid extra during July.
The single fee for 10th grade private students (arts group) would be Rs 1695 and regular students Rs 1645 while private and regular students (arts group) would deposit single fee Rs 2245 for composite exam.
For those vehicles, if we use regular petrol, then wear and tear for the engine may happen," an engineer from Toyota in Muscat, told the Times of Oman (TOO).
An element a + bI of a neutrosophic AG-groupoid N(S) is called a regular element of N(S) if there exists [x.sub.1] + [x.sub.2]I [member of] N(S) such that a + bI = [(a + bI) x ([x.sub.1] + [x.sub.2]I)](a + bI) and N(S) is called regular if all elements of N(S) are regular.
However, as employers are required to pay employees one and one-half time the employee's "regular rate," it is slightly more complicated than that.
Firms have adapted by reducing the share of employees protected by traditional employment practices resulting in a labor market segmented between regular workers - full-time employees with indefinite contracts - and non-regular workers primarily part-time fixed-term and dispatched workers.
KUWAIT, Nov 3 (KUNA) -- Director of operations and director of regular maintenance at Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC) said on Monday regular maintenance for the company's factories will end as scheduled, on December 6, at a total cost of about KD 32 million.
Controller Examinations BISE Atta Ullah Shah talking to journalists said candidates could submit their fees for Inter part-I arts group regular students Rs 950 single fee, private candidate Rs 1,000 while for Science group regular students will submit Rs 1,000, private candidates Rs 1,100 till Feb 4.
To meet requirements outlined in the 2012 Defense Strategy Review, Regular Army-Reserve Component (RC) interoperability must be increased.