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with bells on

adverb phrase

(Variations: on may be dropped; knobs or tits may replace bells) Very definitely; without any doubt; emphatically •Used especially in affirming that one will be present at a certain time and place: Don't worry, I'll be there with bells on/ I'll be here Thursday. With bells

[1900s+ Theater; perhaps the suggestion is that one will be very conspicuous, like a train or a fire engine with bells]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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