View Poll Results: If something is like clockwork,

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  • it is generally slow.

    79 4.84%
  • it is punctual and regular.

    1,529 93.75%
  • it is generally late.

    23 1.41%
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    Re: Like clockwork

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I like it when other languages have the same idioms or sayings.
    I like it too when words in different languages depend on the same image, like Italian cavalletto (tripod) and English 'clothes-horse'.

    There's also the expression '[as] regular as clockwork': "He catches the 7.45 every morning, regular as clockwork".

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    #12

    Re: Like clockwork

    Quote Originally Posted by Anna Xpomoba View Post
    In the Russian we have absolutely the same expression
    In Polish as well.. :D


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    #13

    Talking Re: Like clockwork

    ha
    i'm xperienc'g it

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    #14

    Re: Like clockwork

    It should have been - like atomic clock - its probably the best clock i've heard of- :)


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    #15

    Re: Like clockwork

    It`s always on right time


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    #16

    Meaning

    Hi,

    clockwork :A mechanism of geared wheels driven by a wound spring, as in a mechanical clock.

    And now the meaning of like clockwork:With machinelike regularity and precision.


    Ex: The project proceeded like clockwork.


    Thanks

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    #17

    Re: Like clockwork

    We have the same one in Arabic. Very interesting indeed!

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    #18

    Re: Like clockwork

    Interesting idiom!

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    #19

    Re: Like clockwork

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Interesting- I'll remember that.


    So do we in Poland!

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    #20

    Re: Like clockwork

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I like it too when words in different languages depend on the same image, like Italian cavalletto (tripod) and English 'clothes-horse'.

    There's also the expression '[as] regular as clockwork': "He catches the 7.45 every morning, regular as clockwork".

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    I have one remarkable example of this happening between English and Polish.

    A crane (a bird) = żuraw
    A crane (a machine for lifting heavy objects) = żuraw
    Craneberry (I suppose a kind of berry cranes more than other birds are fond of) = żurawina

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