clear as a bell

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clear as a bell

Pure as the sound of a bell; also, readily understood. For example, Did you understand the message I left you?Yes, clear as a bell. This simile, which alludes to the bell's clarity owing to lack of overtones, was already a proverb in John Ray's English Proverbs (1670).

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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