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Curfew, the ringing of a bell at night, as a signal to retire to rest: “ye elves . . . that rejoice to hear the solemn c.” Tp. V, 40. “since the c. rung,” Meas. IV, 2, 78. “he begins at c. and walks till the first cock,” Lr. III, 4, 121. -- C. bell == the bell ordinarily used for that purpose: “the second cock hath crowed, the c. bell hath rung, 'tis three o' clock,” Rom. IV, 4, 4.
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