Where does the phrase Saved by the Bell come from?

Saved by the bell means to be rescued from something at the last minute. It comes from being buried alive. People who feared succumbing to such a fate were buried in special coffins that connected to a bell above ground. At night, guards listened for any bells in case they had to dig up a living person and save them “by the bell.”

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One thought on “Where does the phrase Saved by the Bell come from?

  1. I knew that, but liked the illustrations. I was told that wakes were held to try to prevent people from being buried alive, too.

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