clear as a bell


Pure as the sound of a bell; also, readily understood. For example, Did you understand the message I left you?—Yes, clear as a bell. This simile, which alludes to the bell's clarity owing to lack of overtones, was already a proverb in John Ray's English Proverbs (1670).

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