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any mechanism of geared wheels that is driven by a coiled spring

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And so they sang together, but their voices did not blend, for the real Nightingale sang in her way and the clockwork bird sang waltzes.
As the figure moved like clockwork, however, and could neither hasten his enormous strides nor retard them, he arrived at the port when they were just beyond the reach of his club.
This force is so organized and subdivided that the machinery of the school goes on day by day like clockwork.
She was not used to the clockwork regulations of a large family.
The Noah's arks are packed one within another, with clockwork horses harnessed to them; the soldiers, knapsack on back, are kissing their hands to the dear foolish girls, who, however, will not be left behind them; all the four-footed things gather around the elephant, who is overful of drawing-room furniture; the birds flutter their wings; the man with the scythe mows his way through the crowd; the balloons tug at their strings; the ships rock under a swell of sail, everything is getting ready for the mighty exodus into the Strand.
Tik-tok moved by clockwork, and was made all of burnished copper.
There's Tik-Tok--he's a clockwork man and quite a funny sight--
A wire ran from the clockwork to one of the poles of the battery, and from the other pole through the partition into the other compartment, a second wire returning directly to the clockwork.
Besides, on the stage, the programme runs like clockwork.
He wanted the clockwork man to open himself, so that he might see the wheels go round; but that was a thing Tik-tok could not do.
Oh, I don't know much about it, it's some clockwork invention for doing all the housework by machinery.
Some of his own holdings were imperilled, and the man was working like some high-geared, delicate, strong machine--strung to full tension, going at full speed, accurate, never hesitating, with the proper word and decision and act ready and prompt as clockwork.
And so it went, with the monotony of clockwork, fifteen seconds to the man, four men to the minute, the mugs bobbing up and down in turn like marionettes.
Morning, noon, and night, morning, noon, and night, each recurring with its accompanying monotony, always the same reluctant return of the same sequences of machinery, like a dragging piece of clockwork.
And so we live on Blackheath, in the charm--ingest of dolls' houses, de-- lightfully furnished, and we have a clever little servant who is de-- cidedly pretty, and we are economical and orderly, and do everything by clockwork, and we have a hundred and fifty pounds a year, and we have all we want, and more.