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Belling   /bˈɛlɪŋ/   Listen

A noisy mock serenade (made by banging pans and kettles) to a newly married couple.  Synonyms: callathump, callithump, charivari, chivaree, shivaree.

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"Belling" Quotes from Famous Books

... gloom—no watchfulness, no anxiety in thy large beaming eyes; and, kneeling among the hoary mosses, layest thyself down in unknown fellowship with one of those human creatures, a glance of whose eye, a murmur of whose voice, would send thee belling through the forest, terrified by the flash or sound that bespoke a hostile nature wont to pursue thy race unto death.—The hunter is upon thee—away—away! Sudden as a shooting-star up springs the red-deer, and in the gloom as suddenly ...
— Recreations of Christopher North, Volume 2 • John Wilson

... They always require a head for the charge, an isolated head, and when he is actually about to strike, he will fall back into the formation. It seems to him that lost in the mass he risks less than when alone. Everybody is willing to charge, but only if all charge together. It is a case of belling the cat. ...
— Battle Studies • Colonel Charles-Jean-Jacques-Joseph Ardant du Picq

Words linked to "Belling" :   callathump, chivaree, charivari, serenade

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