passing bell (plural passing bells)
- (music) A bell rung to announce a passing, a death, or funeral; death bell, death knell.
- 1917, Wilfred Owen, Anthem for Doomed Youth
- What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
- — Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
- Only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattle
- Can patter out their hasty orisons.