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).


Nearby words

  1. cleanskin,
  2. cleanthes,
  3. cleanup,
  4. clear,
  5. clear and present danger,
  6. clear as crystal,
  7. clear as mud,
  8. clear away,
  9. clear cell,
  10. clear channel

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