Clear as a bell


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Clear as a bell : Phrases



Meaning:

Clearly understood.


Example:

You don't have to repeat yourself. Your message is
clear as a bell.


Origin:

Bells such as the type used in churches are large and loud. Their sound can be heard from a great distance. Bells sound a single, clear note so their sound is distinctive and not easily confused.

Before electric sirens and amplification systems, bells were a valuable means of signaling people and alerting of important events - like an impending attack. The bell and the message intended could be heard clearly over a large area.

Back in the 1910's, many companies were trying to get into the manufacturing and selling one the hottest items around - the phonograph. One of those companies was the Sonora Chime Company. This company started the Sonora Phonograph Company and used
Clear as a Bell as their slogan, touting the fidelity of their machine's sound reproduction.

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