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English definition of “saved by the bell”

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.Preserving and savingDefending and protecting
(Definition of saved by the bell from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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