ring a bell


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ring a bell

Fig. [for something] to cause someone to remember something or for it to seem familiar. I've never met John Franklin, but his name rings a bell. Whenever I see a bee, it rings a bell. I remember when I was stung by one.
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ring a bell

to seem familiar “We live in Walnut Creek.” “I don't know why that rings a bell.”
Related vocabulary: have a familiar ring (to it)
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ring a bell

  also ring any bells
if a phrase or a word, especially a name, rings a bell, you think you have heard it before Does the name 'Fitzpatrick' ring a bell? (often + with ) No, I'm sorry, that description doesn't ring any bells with me.
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ring a bell

Arouse an indistinct memory, remind one of something, as in That name rings a bell-I think I've met him. The bell here summons up a memory. [1930s]
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ring a bell

tv. to stir something in someone’s memory. Yes, that rings a bell. I seem to remember it.
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ring a bell

Informal
To arouse an often indistinct memory.
See also: bell, ring