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February 27, 2007 4:00 PM Subscribe
Where did the phrase "beat seven bells" (out of someone) come from?
posted by pdb to Writing & Language (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I was listening to the excellent Guardian Unlimited Football podcast last week, and one of the commentators was talking about a recent kerfuffle between Craig Bellamy and John Arne Riise, and he said that Bellamy proceeded to "beat seven bells out of Riise".
I've heard this phrase before, and I love it - but I have no idea what its origins are. My Google skills turned up nothing of consequence - does anybody have any idea where this comes from?