Bow-bells
Bow-bells Bow"-bells`, n. pl. The bells of Bow Church in London; cockneydom. [1913 Webster]

People born within the sound of Bow-bells are usually called cockneys. --Murray's Handbook of London. [1913 Webster]


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  • Bow|bells — Bow bells, or Bow|bells «BOH BEHLZ», noun (plural). the bells of Bow Church, in London (St. Mary le Bow). Because it is nearly in the center of the City of London, the phrase within the sound of Bow bells came to be synonymous with “within the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Bow Bells — the church bells of St Mary le Bow in London. It is said that a person born within the sound of (=in a place where you can hear) Bow Bells is a true Cockney …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Bow bells — /boh/ the bells of Bow church, in the East End district of London: traditionally, a true Cockney is born and raised within the sound of Bow bells. [1590 1600] * * * Bow Bells UK [ˌbəʊ ˈbelz] US [boʊ ˈbelz] Etymology From the name of the bells of… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Bow bells — /boh/ the bells of Bow church, in the East End district of London: traditionally, a true Cockney is born and raised within the sound of Bow bells. [1590 1600] * * * …   Universalium

  • Bow Bells — UK [ˌbəʊ ˈbelz] / US [boʊ ˈbelz] born within the sound of Bow Bells Etymology: From the name of the bells of St Mary le Bow Church, London …   English dictionary

  • Bow bells — noun plural Date: 1567 the bells of the Church of St. Mary le Bow in London …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Bow bells — The famous bells of the church of St Mary le Bow in Cheapside in London. They were sounded at night at *curfew, to call people in from the fields immediately outside London s walls. Cf. Curia de Arcubus …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • born within the sound of Bow Bells — phrase someone who is born within the sound of Bow Bells is said to be a true cockney (=someone from the East End of London) Thesaurus: from specific towns or citieshyponym Main entry: Bow Bells …   Useful english dictionary

  • Ring Out Bow Bells! — is a children s historical novel by Cynthia Harnett. It was first published in 1953, and later reprinted as The Drawbridge Gate . It is the story of an apprentice in the time of Henry V, when Dick Whittington was Lord Mayor of London …   Wikipedia

  • born within the sound of Bow Bells — someone who is born within the sound of Bow Bells is said to be a true cockney (= someone from the East End of London) …   English dictionary

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