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 Death under Shield.Death-meal (A). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Death-bell.
 
A tinkling in the ears, supposed by the Scotch peasantry to announce the death of a friend.
       
“O lady, ‘tis dark, an’ I heard the death-bell,
An’ I darena gae yonder for gowd nor fee.”
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James Hogg: Mountain Bard.
 


 Death under Shield.Death-meal (A). 

 
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