"Salvo pelo gongo!"

Translation:Saved by the bell!

December 19, 2013



"Saved by the bell" most likely comes from a boxing term where a bell rings between the rounds. The boxer getting beaten could be saved from getting knocked out by the bell ringing (or something like that). http://phrases.org.uk/meanings/saved-by-the-bell.htm

When growing up, the phrase seems appropriate for school here, because a bell rings between classes. So you'd be saved from more of the class or more school by a bell. There was even a kids show a while back called "Saved by the Bell". I might be showing my age a bit with that comment.

December 19, 2013


Dustin Diamond as Screech!

August 6, 2014


It's all right, cause I'm saved by the... It's all right, cause I'm saved by the... It's all right, cause I'm Saved By The Bell!

March 31, 2015


It's alright, cause I'm salvado pelo gongo!

July 10, 2014


In French the expression which originates from boxing is: 'Sauvé par le gong'. 'Saved by the gong'.

February 18, 2014


Yet again it translates almost literally to Italian which has the saying "Salvato dalla campanella". Interestingly enough, it seems at least according to this blog (http://panda-time.blogfree.net/?t=3463906) that the Italian saying comes from the practice of tieing a bell to the hands of dead people as they got buried, so that they might ring it and get help in case they weren't actually dead. But I must admit that the boxe explanation is way less macabre.

November 9, 2014


Might not help much: link.

March 21, 2015


I believe you are actually correct on this story.

October 17, 2017


"Salvo" is the form for eu, isn't it? So if i want to say it to someone, do i say "salva pelo gongo"?

April 1, 2014


This "salvo" is the past participle, not the present form of eu. You can say "Salva pelo gongo" but just if the person who was "saved by the bell" is a woman.

November 17, 2014


I think that it's a past participle here. I haven't learnt how those work in Portuguese yet.

August 6, 2014


I understand that "pelo" is a contraction but I don't fully get it. Any help on the many translations and how is it contracted?

February 20, 2014


it's "por + o" pela is "por + a" you'll have to learn "por," which can be "by," "through," "for," etc. it's hard in spanish too. so it's "for the," "by the," "through the," etc. depending on the situation

March 14, 2014


My understanding is that the English phrase comes from a part of English history in which they found people were sometimes buried alive (they found scratch marks on the insides of the coffins). The solution was to attach a string to the arm of the buried person, which was attached to a bell on the surface. If the buried person was alive and started moving, they would be a "dead ringer" (another English expression), and a person who's job it was to be looking after the graveyard, would have then been able to dig them out - they'd been "saved by the bell". The person who had the long overnight shift, waiting in case a bell would ring so that they could dig up a buried, living body, had "the graveyard shift" (an expression for a late night appointment of work).

March 7, 2017


it's funny that brazilian people say gongo instead of campana, as i believe gongo is way more oriental and faraway than the campanas that presumably the portuguese monks brought to the country.

December 20, 2013


I am a Brazilian and I think we probably use the word gongo because is the word used for the bell that rings between rounds in boxing. So sometimes a boxer is saved by the gongo :D

January 5, 2014



February 20, 2014


Campana is bell in spanish, not portuguese. In portuguese, the word for bell is "Sino".

November 17, 2014


I believe there is actually quite a relationship between Brazil and Japan, at least.

December 30, 2013


We don't even know what's a campana? xD

February 20, 2014


It's bell in spanish, the guy confused the languages here. haha

November 17, 2014


In spanish "salvado por la campana"

August 17, 2018


I'm Brazilian native and I've never heard that expression in my life. So, I decided to search for the meaning and I found that site: https://www.dicionariopopular.com/salvo-pelo-gongo/ .

March 3, 2019


I'm from São Paulo and it is very common here.

March 4, 2019


I still don't get it. when do you use such a phrase?

March 31, 2019
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