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[bel-poo l] /ˈbɛlˌpʊl/
a handle, cord, or strip of cloth pulled to ring a bell.
Origin of bellpull
An Americanism dating back to 1835-45; bell1 + pull Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for bell pull
Historical Examples
  • She had rung the table-bell from inability to get at the bell pull.

    The Royal Life Guard Alexander Dumas (pere)
  • A bell pull seemed to invite investigation; so we gave it a heave.

    Gold Stewart White
  • There had been a bell pull in the wall, but the brass handle was broken and only the wire remained.

    The Sleuth of St. James's Square Melville Davisson Post
  • I tugged at the bell pull and somewhere down below a bell rang as unexpected for Therese as a call from a ghost.

    The Arrow of Gold Joseph Conrad
  • At the end of that time, I stepped up to the fire-place, caught hold of the bell pull, and rang the bell.

    Lost Lenore Charles Beach
  • "Yes; I'll ring for Dinah," cried Vi, skipping across the room and putting out her hand to lay hold of the bell pull.

    Elsie's children Martha Finley
British Dictionary definitions for bell pull

bell pull

a handle, rope, or cord pulled to operate a doorbell or servant's bell
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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