passing bell

Origin of passing bell

First recorded in 1520–30
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Examples from the Web for passing bell

Historical Examples of passing bell

  • It is too good for a passing-bell, and you too good to toll it.

    Aslauga's Knight

    Fredrich de la Motte-Fouque

  • The sentence itself fell on my ear like the note of a passing-bell.

    Glimpses of Three Coasts

    Helen Hunt Jackson

  • I wish we could find out if the passing-bell was tolling for her.

  • Well, at last he rung the bell: O, thought I, that it was my passing-bell!

  • Suddenly the chimes of a neighboring church ring the passing-bell.


British Dictionary definitions for passing bell

passing bell

noun
  1. a bell rung to announce a death or a funeralAlso called: death bell, death knell
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