a well-oiled machine

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a well-oiled machine

Someone or something that functions very well or efficiently. Trudy and I have been working together in the attendance office for so long, we're like a well-oiled machine at this point.
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WIGAN boss Paul Cook does not rate his side's chances of knocking Manchester City's "well-oiled machine" out of the FA Cup on Monday night.
Jaja Santiago was the unstoppable force while Jasmine Nabor kept National University's engine running like a well-oiled machine.
Your coffee shop will never be a well-oiled machine. Your auto service shop will never be a well-oiled machine.
Philip Blaker, chief executive of Qualifications Wales (QW), said exam regulation was a "well-oiled machine" and there had been no significant concerns.
Some of the show-stopper numbers like The Sun In The Morning and You Can't Get A Man With A Gun make you sit up and take notice - but in general this is a show that runs like a well-oiled machine without actually offering the tingle that would lift it up a notch.
It's taken rather a few too many mistakes by the current administration to dislodge the perception that they're a "well-oiled machine," just as it will likely require some time to dispel the notion that the Democratic Party has no ideas.
The well-oiled machine, otherwise known as the Combined Sealift Coordination Center, helped once again to make the annual Reception, Staging, Onward Movement, and Integration exercise in Korea a success.
Those first years where extravagant and wholly different from the well-oiled machine it is today.
Your facility runs like a well-oiled machine. The surroundings are tasteful and pleasant.
Tricks, fraud, complicity and corruption fuel the well-oiled machine of U.S.
Imagine a workplace where everyone's talent meshes perfectly with the needs and gifts of all our coworkers, where we pull together like a team of world-class athletes, musicians, or even thieves, where our projects are choreographed by a genius, and we execute our tasks with the smooth efficiency of a well-oiled machine. Imagine a workplace where there are no delays, no dropped balls or missed cues, no foul-ups, no back biting, and no confusion.
From the laundry to the mess decks, from the engine room to the flight deck, the crew of Nimitz keeps everything working like a well-oiled machine. We also featured the story of Ship's Serviceman 2nd Class Tyrone L.
A father and son team in Waterloo, Iowa is also setting the standard for agriculturists that want to run a farm like a well-oiled machine. Father and son, Curtis and Blake Hollis, jointly own 4,000 acres on which they produce 28,000 market hogs, 2,000 acres of corn and 1,800 acres of soybeans, but are two separate corporations under the name Lanehaven Farm, Inc.