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death bell

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noun
  1. the bell that announces a death.

Origin of death bell

First recorded in 1730–40
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for death bell

Historical Examples

  • The death-bell came, first indistinct, then loud, upon his ear.

    Rienzi

    Edward Bulwer Lytton

  • The news fell upon the household like the tolling of a death-bell.

  • When men he has wronged, and on whom he has bestowed his insolence, are getting ready to be hanged, there is a death-bell ringing.

    Our Mutual Friend

    Charles Dickens

  • Every word fell on Butler's ear like the knell of a death-bell, or the note of a screech-owl.

  • Still the death-bell tolled so mournfully that the sunshine seemed to fade in the air.

    Twice Told Tales

    Nathaniel Hawthorne