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mainspring

the principal power spring of a mechanism, esp in a watch or clock
References in classic literature ?
If I was to go, that 'ouse would run down like a watch with the mainspring out.
The mainspring is vanity, assisted by the love of garlic and bread and butter.
HEEP, and only HEEP, is the mainspring of that machine.
For the mainspring of the story was that in spite of the man's absorbing selfishness, his wife (overpowered by his deportment) had, to the last, believed in him and had, on her death-bed, in the most moving terms, confided him to their son as one who had an inextinguishable claim upon him and whom he could never regard with too much pride and deference.
He was, indeed, the Custom-House in himself; or, at all events, the mainspring that kept its variously revolving wheels in motion; for, in an institution like this, where its officers are appointed to subserve their own profit and convenience, and seldom with a leading reference to their fitness for the duty to be performed, they must perforce seek elsewhere the dexterity which is not in them.
His Diocesan Synod and Visitations were the mainsprings of the world to the one; Cambridge to the other.
Front strap and mainspring housing serrations as well as hand serrations to the rear of the slide ejector match the Heinie black rear sight.
The mainspring is released and the internal parts are removed by taking out the screws in the frame.
Sold as a complete set with holster, stock, mainspring housing, and 16-inch barrel, or as individual components.
After World War I, the military's Model 1911 underwent minor changes including, among other things, a shorter trigger with frame cuts to shorten the reach, improved sights, an arched mainspring housing and a redesigned grip safety.
The 9mm SR1911 Officer-Style has a two-tone finish, with the slide being low-glare stainless and the frame being black anodized aluminum, but with its stainless-steel frame and slide, the .45 ACP Officer-Style's finish is low-glare stainless, except for the sights, slide stop, thumb safety, magazine release button, I grip safety, and mainspring housing, which are matte black.
Ironically, most "modern" 1911s look like the original 1911 with a flat mainspring housing and a long trigger and double-diamond grips.