saved by the bell
Rescued from a difficulty at the last moment, as in I couldn't put off explaining his absence any longer, but then Bill arrived and I was saved by the bell. This expression alludes to the bell rung at the end of a boxing round, which, if it rings before a knocked-down boxer has been counted out, lets him get up and continue fighting in the next round. Its figurative use dates from the mid-1900s.
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Sands was involved in a scandalous-for-the-time romance with the carpenter and there were rumors she was pregnant with his child.
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I was rather awed by his imposing appearance, and advanced timidly to the doors, which were of glass, and pulled the bell.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
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When the whole hunt is hunting up, each single change is made between the whole hunt, and the next bell above it.Tintinnalogia, or, the Art of Ringing|Richard Duckworth and Fabian Stedman