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1(in boxing and other sports) be saved from being counted out by the ringing of the bell at the end of a round.
- ‘In the ninth round the champion was saved by the bell.’
- ‘He was saved by the bell in rounds five, six and seven.’
- ‘He was knocked down twice in the ninth round and was saved by the bell.’
- ‘He went down two more times in the first round and was saved by the bell.’
- ‘Thompson felled Sellers twice in their amazing slug-fest, and the Yank was saved by the bell on both occasions.’
- ‘With 25 seconds to go to the end of the round Cantwell suddenly found himself on his knees only to be saved by the bell on that occasion.’
- ‘He was saved by the bell from a fourth round knock-out.’
- ‘The visitor, whose legs were buckled by a left hook to the side of the head, was in fact saved by the bell in the first round.’
- ‘Willard had been saved by the bell at the count of seven.’
- ‘But Clay was saved by the bell and went on to triumph over Cooper.’
- 1.1 Escape from a difficult situation narrowly or by an unexpected intervention.
- ‘They were saved by the bell when a courtly looking man, most likely a bodyguard, showed up out of nowhere, went up to the podium, and promptly announced that there was a bomb threat on the building.’
- ‘I was saved by the bell and reached for salvation before anyone else dreamed of moving - they were trying to wake up from their peaceful slumber.’
- ‘I had the sense that any moment another question would befall me - but I was saved by the bell.’
- ‘As with most other remarkable escapes, Morgan is saved by the bell.’
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