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passing bell

noun
1.
a bell tolled to announce a death or funeral.
2.
a portent or sign of the passing away of anything.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30
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British Dictionary definitions for passing bell

passing bell

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