Posted by James Briggs on August 29, 2005
In Reply to: Seven bells posted by Bruce Kahl on August 29, 2005
: : What is the origin of the phrase "to knock seven bells" out of something?
: Just a guess so dont hold me to it but I think boxing matches were at one time only 7 rounds with each round ending on a bell so to knock seven bells out of someone is to give him a good beating--seven rounds worth of a beating.
Try http://www.scotland.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=18260&pagenumber=2 and scroll a bit down the page.