passing bell

noun

Definition of passing bell

1 : a bell tolled to announce a death or funeral service

called also death bell

2 : something that announces or marks a death : knell a moment's thought is passion's passing bell— John Keats

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“Passing bell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/passing%20bell. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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