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death bell

the bell that announces a death.
Origin of death bell
1730-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • My uncle's voice sounded as ominously in my ears as the stroke of a death-bell, as he called me sharply by name.

  • The death-bell came, first indistinct, then loud, upon his ear.

    Rienzi Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • When ships go down at sea during a terrible tempest, it is said the "death-bell" is often distinctly heard amid the storm-wind.

  • The news fell upon the household like the tolling of a death-bell.

  • He had scarcely finished speaking when the slow, deep boom of the death-bell awoke the sluggish stillness of the heavy night.

    Mark Hurdlestone Susanna Moodie
  • Every word fell on Butler's ear like the knell of a death-bell, or the note of a screech-owl.

  • When men he has wronged, and on whom he has bestowed his insolence, are getting ready to be hanged, there is a death-bell ringing.

    Our Mutual Friend Charles Dickens
  • Still the death-bell tolled so mournfully that the sunshine seemed to fade in the air.

    Twice Told Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Still the death-bell tolled so mournfully, that the sunshine seemed to fade in the air.

    Twice-Told Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • One day his beloved did not appear; and soon the death-bell tolled sorrowfully over the island.

    Legends of the Rhine Wilhelm Ruland

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