Posted by R. Berg on March 26, 2001
In Reply to: What is the meaning of the phrase "Clear as a bell"? posted by Anna Dziechowski on March 26, 2001
: Does anyone know the meaning or orgin of the phrase "Clear as a bell"? If you know, or could find out from a reliable source, I would greatly appreciate it. I have looked everywhere and can't find it! Thanks!
The phrase means simply "very clear." A bell is used as a model of clarity because the sound of a bell ringing is a clear tone. In the realm of sound, the opposite of clear is dull.