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*alarm bells start to ring-ring/sound alarm bells -set (the) alarm bells ringing-alarm bells ring

set (the) alarm bells ringing - if something sets alarm bells ringing, it makes you feel worried because it is a sign that there may be a problem.


-Alarm bells started to ring(=I became worried) when I found out that he still with his mother.


-The huge vote for fascist candidates should ring alarm bells(=cause people to worry)across. Europe.


-Symptoms which should set alarm bells ringing are often ignored by doctors.

- When the kid failed to return home, alarm bells started to ring.

*set off alarm bells

to warn of trouble and the need for action.

-The report about worldwide climate change should sound alarm bells in every community.

(hayra alamet olmamak)

To be as sound as a bell

to be very healthy or in very good condition.

-Her  constitution is as sound as bell.

-Since she stopped smoking, she's as sound as a bell.

(turp gibi olmak)

bells and whistles

entertaining features that are not necessary to a computer program\the things that something, especially a device or machine, has or does that are not necessary but that make it more exciting or interesting./ attractive but with superfluous additions.

--The new version of that computer program is just bells and whistles..

-Your computer software may have all the latest bells and whistles, but is it good value for money?

give someone a bell

to telephone someone.

-Give me a bell when your mother gets home because I must talk to her.


Hell's bells! (old-fashioned)

something that you say when you are very surprised or annoyed.

-Hell’s bells, the washing machine’s overflowing again!


(Hay aksi!)

ring a bell

if a phrase or a word, especially a name, rings a bell, you think you have heard it before./to seem familiar, revive a distant memory.

-I don’t remember meeting him, but the name of the man rings a bell with me. (often + with)


 -“We live in Walnut Creek.” “I don’t know why that rings a bell.”


-His name rings a bell but I can’t remember him.

(gozu bir yerden isirmak)

Saved by the bell.

something that you say when a difficult situation is ended suddenly before you have to do or say something that you do not want to.

-Luckily, my bus arrived before I had time to reply. Saved by the bell.

(pacayi kurtarmak)


with bells on-(bell on (USA) )


  1. if you describe something as a particular thing with bells on, you mean that it has similar qualities to that thing but they are more extreme.

-This latest series is melodrama with bells on.


  1. if you go somewhere or do something with bells on, you do it with a lot of interest and energy.( with a lot of enthusiasm)

-“Are you going to the party tonight, Michael?” ”I’ll be at the party with bells on.


(can atmak).


to bell the cat

 perform a very dangerous or risky task./to undertake something dangerous.

-The boss had to bell the cat and he finally dismissed him.

(goze almak)

to be as clear as a bell

 be very clear, easy to hear and understand.

-That is an excellent recording; the sound is as clear as a bell.

(gün gibi ortada)

Pull the other one, it has got (brass) bells on

This idiom is way of telling somebody that you don't believe them.

-I yelled my brother "Pull the other one, You have got bells on" with hatred.


(buna bel baglanmaz)

On a bell

in television and film making ,shooting a scene .From the bell used on location to signal that shooting is about to begin.

-The director shouted the actress"on a bell" because the shooting was about to start.

 Let him who tied the bell on the tiger take it off.

Whoever started the trouble should end it.

-You messed this room so let you who tied the bell on the tiger take it off.

(kendi pisligini temizlemek)

Belly up

If things go belly up, they go badly wrong.

-I have not been feeling in these days everything bellies up!

(kötüye gitmek)

You can’t unring a bell

This means that once something has been done, you have to live with the consequences as it can't be undone.

-If you have filled the form with pen you can’t unring a bell.

(geri dönüşü olmamak)


A yellow-bellied person is a coward.

-You are just a yellow-bellied!

Who will ring the bell?

'Who will ring the bell?' asks who will assume the responsibility to help us out of a difficult situation.

-Now we are in a very bad condition so who will ring the bell?

(yardım elini uzatmak)

Your belly button is bigger than your stomach

If your belly button is bigger than your stomach, you take on more responsibilities than you can handle.

-As a child how can you dare to do this? Your belly button is bigger than your stomach.

(boyundan  büyük işe kalkışmak)

Lower than a snake's belly

Someone or something that is lower than a snake's belly is of a very low moral standing.

-I don’t want to speak him because he is lower than a snake’s belly.

Lower than a snake's belly in a wagon rut

If someone or something is lower than a snake's belly in a wagon rut, they are of low moral standing because a snake's belly is low and if the snake is in a wagon rut, it is really low.


Bell, Book, And Candle

Symbols of witch-craft.

-Look, I can’t work miracles. Do you expect me to show up at your house with bell, book and candle, and make everything right?

With Bells On One’s Toes

To bear away (to carry away) the bell






NTC’S American Idioms Dictionary.

Cambridge Idioms Dictionary.

Kettridge’s French for English Idioms.

A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English.

THE New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional Dictionary.




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