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dead ringer

A person or thing that bears a strong resemblance to someone or something else. Susie was such a dead ringer for Kate Winslet that sometimes people would ask her for her autograph.
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be a dead ringer for

To bear a strong resemblance to someone or something else. People sometimes ask Susie for her autograph because she is a dead ringer for Kate Winslet.
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*(dead) ringer (for someone)

Fig. very closely similar in appearance to someone else. (*Typically: be ~; look like ~.) You are sure a dead ringer for my brother. Isn't he a ringer for Chuck?

look like a (dead) ringer

(for someone) Go to a (dead) ringer (for someone).
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dead ringer

A person or thing that closely resembles another; an exact counterpart. For example, Brian's a dead ringer for his Dad, or That red bike is a dead ringer for Mary's. [Late 1800s]
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a dead ringer for someone

COMMON If you say that one person is a dead ringer for another, you mean that the first person looks or sounds exactly like the second. He's tall, dark and a dead-ringer for Robert Pattinson. Kovic is extraordinary in one respect: he's a dead ringer for the former US President. Note: The word `ringer' may originally have come from a name for dishonest traders at fairs who sold brass rings, pretending they were gold. In American horse racing, a `ringer' is a horse that has been dishonestly substituted for another in a race.
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a dead ˈringer for somebody

(informal) a person who looks extremely like somebody else: She’s a dead ringer for her mother.A ringer was a person or thing that pretended to be another person or thing. In horse racing for example, a ringer was a horse that was substituted for another in order to cheat in a race.
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(dead) ringer (for someone)

n. someone who is an exact duplicate of someone else. (see also ringer.) You are sure a dead ringer for my brother.
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dead ringer

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ringer for someone

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n. the obvious choice; the one identical to the one you have; the best match; the best match for one’s needs; the most likely choice. (see also (dead) ringer (for someone).) That’s the best horse racing today. It’s a ringer if I ever saw. one.

put through the ringer

Subjected to a harsh scolding or punishment. Before washing machine spin cycles, excess water was squeezed out of hand-washed laundry by means of a wringer mounted on an agitator-type washing machine or a sink. The device was composed of two cylinders set close together and turned by a hand crank. Being put through the wringer could be hard on delicate clothing, and being put through the metaphorical wringer, such as being chewed out by your boss, isn't much fun either.
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Bell ringer Alan Regin, of London, who has compiled a list of bell ringers who died in wartime, said: "I was a youngster when I started ringing peals - that's the more advanced bell ringing for extended periods - and wherever I rang I was often the youngest bell ringer in the band.
This was not an easy task to undertake since a great many bell ringers had served their country and had paid the ultimate price.
They have 10 ringers plus a conductor and a six-member junior team.
I recounted the tale to members at the Harry Windsor Ringing Centre in Kineton where Graham Nabb, the head of the centre, proposed the idea of getting together a full band of ringers.
The guild, which was established in 1755, is desperately seeking new ringers, especially youngsters, to learn the ancient skill.
As the youngest in a family of six ringers it perhaps is not surprising he took up the hobby so young.
Marske Bellringers practice their Grandsire Triples, right KEEN RINGERS: Senior Tutor Peter Sotheran teaches new ringer Emma Warwick the art of bell-ringing, above, and pictured with some of the other bell ringers, right
The country has more than 10,000 handbell choirs, according to the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers (AGEHR).
Bell ringers attend an orientation before they start.
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DEAD Ringers star Jon Culshaw has revealed his latest victim - - foul- mouthed Scots chef Gordon Ramsay.
But David Ashforth's Ringers & Rascals is a treasure, and to understand why the book is exceptional you have to understand a little of the man with the brains and patience to write it.
The earliest hog ringers were plier-like tools that pierced the hog's snout.
A group of bell ringers from Birmingham, UK recently followed in the footsteps of their predecessors of 1851 whilst researching a new book.