Saved by the Bell!
You're not a bad student but there are times when the teacher seems to know you are unprepared for a long quiz. Silently you cross your fingers and pray for an intervention. Then the school bell rings. Saved (literally) by the bell!
You are not a terrible employee but there are times when your boss has PMS and she has no one to vent it out. She wants you to report to her office asap. You silently cross your fingers and pray for a distraction. The receptionist announces the arrival of the CEO from another company. Saved by the bell!
How many times have we been saved by the bell? Countless times in hopeless situations perhaps.
But did you know that long ago, when people had no medical equipment to identify "dead" from just "highly intoxicated", they bury their folks alive? Soon enough, when graves were running out, they started digging out and opening coffins to reuse the lot. Only to discover that "1 out of 25 coffins had scratch marks on the inside." A clear realization of the unfortunate truth. To remedy the problem, they would tie a string on the wrist of the "corpse" and tie it to a bell. Hence the expression "saved by the bell."
Have you ever been saved by the bell?
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