20/ABR/2008 1:25 AM
||Salvo pelo gongo? - Port>Eng
"Saved by the bell."
Saved by a last minute intervention.
Apparently people who were fearful of being buried alive arranged for a string to be run from the inside of their coffin to a bell. If they awoke inside the coffin they could ring the bell and be saved. The phrase is used these days when a bell is rung to indicate the end of a round in a boxing match. A boxer who is about to be knocked out may be given a reprieve by the bell.
Credit: The Phrase Finder
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Salvo pelo gongo? - Port>Eng Márcio Farias 19/ABR/2008, 8:50 PM
Salvo pelo gongo? - Port>Eng MiltonHW 20/ABR/2008, 1:25 AM
In the nick of time? Márcio Farias 20/ABR/2008, 1:31 AM
In the nick of time? MiltonHW 20/ABR/2008, 1:33 AM
In the nick of time? Márcio Farias 20/ABR/2008, 2:10 PM
Salvo pelo gongo? - Port>Eng valdir 20/ABR/2008, 11:37 AM
Salvo pelo gongo? - Port>Eng Márcio Farias 20/ABR/2008, 2:10 PM
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