dinner bell

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Noun1.dinner bell - a bell rung to announce that dinner has been serveddinner bell - a bell rung to announce that dinner has been served
bell - a hollow device made of metal that makes a ringing sound when struck
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Here the dinner bell interrupted a conversation which had wrought such an effect on Sophia, that she was, perhaps, more obliged to her bleeding in the morning, than she, at the time, had apprehended she should be.
While this attack lasted, the family lived in constant fear of a conflagration, for the odor of burning wood pervaded the house at all hours, smoke issued from attic and shed with alarming frequency, red-hot pokers lay about promiscuously, and Hannah never went to bed without a pail of water and the dinner bell at her door in case of fire.
My own room was the best place for me till the dinner bell rang.
Across the street, a diner called The Dinner Bell also appeared to overflow with a hungry lunchtime crowd.
While a few of his pals were easing themselves in, Griff was charging around like a schoolboy at the dinner bell.
It was very quiet; you could hear birds sing and the ring of the dinner bell when Mother called us to dinner (now known as lunch).
Yet, for some politicians -- those charged with acting in the best interests of the city -- their office calls to them like a pealing dinner bell to feed at the public trough while the people who put them in office look on and continue to suffer.
Some have suggested that a gunshot during hunting season is like a dinner bell to a grizzly bear, at a time when bears are filling their bellies before denning, said Andrea Santarsiere, a senior attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity.
In addition to human admirers, maypop flowers attract a riot of pollinators--like a dinner bell announcing suppertime--including bees, butterflies, and various moths.
This popping sound is nothing more than a dinner bell. It can call in a gamefish similar to how a duck call can bring in feathered friends.
Beginning with a sparkling reception at 7pm, the dinner bell will chime at 8pm while guests are entertained with live music.
The recipes are deftly organized into five major sections: Snacks & Starters; Rise & Shine; Ring the Dinner Bell; Breads & Sides; Crisps, Cobblers & More.