passing bell


passing bell
1. a bell tolled to announce a death or funeral.
2. a portent or sign of the passing away of anything.
[1520-30]

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Universalium. 2010.

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  • passing bell — noun Etymology: passing (I) 1. : a bell tolled to announce a death or funeral service called also death bell 2. : something that announces or marks a death : knell a moment s thought is passion s passing bell John Keats …   Useful english dictionary

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  • passing bell — noun A bell rung to announce a death or funeral; death bell, death knell …   Wiktionary

  • passing bell — noun a bell rung immediately after a death as a signal for prayers …   English new terms dictionary

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