answer the bell

answer the bell

To meet a challenge with success. The phrase alludes to boxing, as boxers come out of their respective corners to "answer the bell" that signals the start of each round. This project has been a massive undertaking, but I've answered the bell by staying late every night this week, and things are progressing nicely. Stacy, you really answered the bell this semester and did some excellent research for us.
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In a moment more, the gardener-groom appears at the door to answer the bell.
Before she saw them Edna could hear them in altercation, the woman--plainly an anomaly--claiming the right to be allowed to perform her duties, one of which was to answer the bell.
First of all, it was necessary to awaken the girl, who had fallen asleep with her face on the kitchen table; this took a little time, and, even when she did answer the bell, another quarter of an hour was consumed in fruitless endeavours to impart to her a faint and distant glimmering of reason.
However, the cobwebs didn't clear when the seventh started and it looked foolish for Reveco's corner to let him answer the bell.
For one, the conquest of Mexican journeyman Jose Alfredo Rodriguez, who failed to answer the bell for the 8th round, could appear sensational enough.
Pete Sessions of Dallas, who told the Dallas Morning News last week that Republicans "will lose badly if we fail to answer the bell.
When asked would he give Aldo a rematch after their meeting at UFC 194, McGregor forcast the Brazilian would not be able to answer the bell for the second round.
The victory was scored as a technical knockout when an injured Liston failed to answer the bell for the seventh round.
Dependable defender Todd Dunivant couldn't answer the bell for the Galaxy due to illness, so rookie A.
Arreola, who was outclassed by the taller and more mobile Ukrainian, did not answer the bell at the start of the 11th round.
Lacy didn t answer the bell for the 11th, and the referee stopped the fight.
IN a rage, a man smashed his ex-girlfriend's front door window when she refused to answer the bell.
Now the threat of vandalism leaves the elderly afraid to answer the bell while the police are forced to get more heavy-handed every year.
Wright squares up to Cafu Santos over six rounds at the Ramada Jarvis Hotel and the unbeaten Midlands Area and British Masters cruiserweight champion says he won't answer the bell with all guns blazing.
Hatton took Tszyu's IBF crown when the Russian-born Australian failed to answer the bell for the final round.