passing bell


noun

a bell tolled to announce a death or funeral.
a portent or sign of the passing away of anything.

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Origin of passing bell

First recorded in 1520–30
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British Dictionary definitions for passing bell

passing bell

noun

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