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passing bell

Definitions

noun

  1. a bell rung to announce a death or a funeral Also called: death bell, death knell

Example Sentences Including 'passing bell'

Every new case of the disease was to be marked by the ringing of a passing bell down the street.
Adam Nicolson GOD'S SECRETARIES: The Making of the King James Bible
Or by a name he'd never heard before but which tolled like a passing bell ?
Ruell, Patrick The Only Game
Some cost a passing bell ; Some a light sigh, That shakes from Life's fresh crown Only a rose-leaf down.
Anthony Masters CASCADES - THE DAY OF THE DEAD (2001)

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