bell-pull

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English[edit]

Two bell-pulls next to front door
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Etymology[edit]

bell +‎ pull

Noun[edit]

bell-pull (plural bell-pulls)

  1. A rope that rings a bell.
  2. A handle attached to a rope that rings a bell.
    • 1886, Thomas Hardy, chapter 7, in The Mayor of Casterbridge[1]:
      While she was doing this the wood partition in the centre of the house thrilled to its centre with the tugging of a bell-pull upstairs. A bell below tinkled a note that was feebler in sound than the twanging of wires and cranks that had produced it.
    • 1967, Sleigh, Barbara, Jessamy, 1993 edition, Sevenoaks, Kent: Bloomsbury, →ISBN, page 11:
      Jessamy tugged the scrolled iron bell-pull which hung down on one side of the gate. Somewhere behind, she could hear an answering jangle.

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