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Difference between Hang in the bell-ropes and Hang on the bell

hang in the bell-ropes—(UK arch.) said of a postponed marriage:

  • During the currency of the three Sundays on which the banns were proclaimed the young couple were said jocosely to be “hanging in the bell-ropes.”

hang on the bellring the doorbell over and over again:

  • I want to see mountains again. And then find somewhere I can rest without a pack of relatives prying around or confounding visitors hanging on the bell.