sound as a bell


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*sound as a bell

in perfect condition or health; undamaged. (*Also: as ~.) The doctor says that the old man's heart's as sound as a bell. I thought the vase was broken when it fell, but it was sound as a bell.
See also: bell, sound

sound as a bell

In excellent condition, as in Now that the brakes have been relined, the car is sound as a bell, or The surgery went well and now he's sound as a bell. This simile rests on the assumption that the bell in question is not cracked (which would make it useless). First recorded in 1565, it has survived numerous other similes ( sound as a top or roach or dollar), probably owing to its pun on "sound."
See also: bell, sound

sound as a bell

OLD-FASHIONED
If someone or something is as sound as a bell, they are very healthy or in very good condition. My knees aside, I'm as sound as a bell. The basic structure of the building is as sound as a bell. Note: `Sound' in this expression means whole and undamaged. A bell that has a crack in it will not ring clearly.
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(as) sound as a ˈbell

(informal) in perfect condition: There’s nothing wrong with her. She’s been examined and she’s sound as a bell.
See also: bell, sound