bell ringer

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bell ringer something that exactly succeeds in achieving its goal "the new advertising campaign was a bell ringer","scored a bull's eye","hit the mark","the president's speech was a home run"
    • n bell ringer someone who plays musical handbells
    • n bell ringer a person who rings church bells (as for summoning the congregation)
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Usage

In literature:

The bell ceased, the ringer entering and taking his place.
"Stingaree" by E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
Figures passed in procession at the arrival of the hour; tiny bell ringers rang miniature chimes.
"Christopher and the Clockmakers" by Sara Ware Bassett
Alberoni was born in a gardener's cottage, and as a child he was the bell-ringer.
"The Conspirators" by Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
There was the bell but where was the mysterious ringer?
"The Boy Chums in the Forest" by Wilmer M. Ely
Then the bell-ringer had his inspiration.
"Tatterdemalion" by John Galsworthy
The bell-ringer has evidently lost his self-control.
"A Winter Amid the Ice" by Jules Verne
They were mounted in the great belfry, and for the test-chime Otto had employed the best bell-ringers in the city.
"ZigZag Journeys in Northern Lands;" by Hezekiah Butterworth
When Arsene LaComb rang the bell for Vespers, she waited by the bell ringer to see that Gadbeau came into the church.
"The Shepherd of the North" by Richard Aumerle Maher
The old bell-ringer of the near-by church even said he had seen this ghost once, when he went, late one night, to wind the church clock.
"Tales from Dickens" by Charles Dickens and Hallie Erminie Rives
The one tower opened on four sides for the better ease of the bell ringers.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
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In poetry:

Alas for the beautiful guesses
That live in a poet's rhyme—
'Tis only the bell of the factory
Tolling its woe sublime;
And the wind is the ghostly ringer,
Ringing the midnight chime.
"The Midnight Chime" by Emma Alice Browne
She kept in time without a beat
As true as church-bell ringers,
Unless she tapped time with her feet,
Or squeezed it with her fingers; Her clear unstudied notes were sweet
As many a practised singer's.
"A Farm Walk" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
See the old bell-ringer, frenzied with fear.
Mouth gaping, yet speechless, draw hastening near.
And the knell of alarm that with strokes of lead
He rings, heaves forth in a tempest of dread
The frantic despair that throbs in his head.
"The Bell-Ringer" by Emile Verhaeren
- Sirs, they are of us, as their dress denotes,
And by as much: let them together chime:
It is an ancient bell within their throats,
Pulled by an aged ringer; with what glee
Befits the yellow yesterdays of time.
He who's for us, for him are we!
"A Ballad Of Fair Ladies In Revolt" by George Meredith

In news:

Salvation Army Bell Ringer Steals Red Kettle , Police Say.
A Salvation Army collection kettle has been stolen outside a grocery in Jefferson County where a bell ringer was on duty.
Mary Bennett of SENCA's Otoe County outreach said volunteers are still being signed up to be bell ringers prior to Christmas.
In response, the Salvation Army will make random checks to ensure paid bell-ringers and volunteers are watching over kettles .
Salvation Army seeks bell ringers for Red Kettle campaign.
The Red Kettle and its stand were taken from a Walmart Supercenter in West Des Moines sometime after 6 pm Friday, during a shift when the kettle wasn't staffed with a bell ringer.
Bell ringers with the familiar red kettles are at both Rome Walmarts, Kroger and Sam's Club as well as the Walmarts in Cedartown, Rockmart and Summerville.
Bell ringers with the familiar red kettles are at both Rome Walmarts Kroger and Sam's Club as well.
Bell-ringers hope warm hearts will get them through frigid 30-hour marathon .
They say there's a shortage of bell ringer volunteers this season and they need the public's help to fix that.
The Salvation Army in Harrisonburg is in need of volunteer bell ringers.
Bell-ringer finds gold coin worth $1,000 in bucket.
Holiday bell ringers out on the Circle.
Scott Sander joins the Salvation Army bell ringers on the circle for Lunch on Friday.
Bellingham Salvation Army launches annual bell ringer campaign to raise.
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