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Seven bells

Posted by Bruce Kahl on August 29, 2005

In Reply to: Seven bells posted by Roger Lewis 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.