Where did the saying “Saved by the Bell” come from?

The phrase has come to describe an instance where someone (or something) was saved by a last minute intervention—usually the ending of a particular cycle (for example, a round as in boxing).  In fact, the term was coined in boxing itself where it’s been used since at least the late 1800’s.

Here is an example from the Providence Journal reporting on a fight.  The image has been cropped to make it possible to see both the title of the article and publication date, as well as the reference to a fighter being “saved by the bell.”

Saved by the Bell-Boxing

The phrase “Saved by the Bell” has its origins in boxing.

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