- 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.
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 ?
The Only Game
Some cost a passing bell ; Some a light sigh, That shakes from Life's fresh crown Only a rose-leaf down.
CASCADES - THE DAY OF THE DEAD (2001)
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