ring hollow

ring hollow

also ring false
to seem dishonest, not true, or wrong The Rockets sounded like a defeated team - they talked of the possibility of a comeback, but the words rang hollow. Her characters and situations all ring false and her movie just seems painful and pointless.
Usage notes: often used in the forms a hollow ring or a false ring (a dishonest or not sincere quality): Her story about the hostages is certainly exciting, but it has a hollow ring.
Opposite of: ring true
See also: hollow, ring

ring/sound hollow

if something someone says rings hollow, it does not sound true or sincere The claims they made two years ago that peace was just around the corner ring very hollow now.
See beat hollow
See also: hollow, ring
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Coun Clancy says the council can still offer hope, but to many people on the frontline this will ring hollow.
Holidays can be brutal for grievers, and they are fraught with old memories and traditions that ring hollow when a member of the family is missing.
Without constructive engagement, Mr Crabb's protestations of good will may start to ring hollow.
Ministers' boasts that the economy is booming ring hollow to the families who suffer food poverty and who worry about not having enough money to feed their kids While the figures might show there is a recovery, that has not fed through to those on benefits and low incomes who are struggling to survive.
That's why the call for the good ship independence continues to ring hollow across the Clyde yards and Rosyth docks.
Commitments to end poverty without accompanying pledges to tackle inequality will increasingly ring hollow.
But boy does it ring hollow when Ms Rowland heaps gushing praise on this year's shouter-in-chief Amelia Lily.
The words of politicians who state that "We are all in this together" ring hollow on empty stomachs.
GOVERNMENT assurances on quality of care in Southern Cross homes ring hollow, Gateshead MP Ian Mearns has warned.
Common sense should suffice to prevent cheating, which only leaves students with grades and promotions that will ring hollow when they enter college or the work force and suddenly find themselves in need of remedial courses, or unable to land a job.
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His calls for taxes on bankers ring hollow and Labour will be rejected by an electorate that has had enough of their hollow words.
Billingham Forum's pool is closed for two years for refurbishment and these ill-timed closures make the current Swim 4 Life advertising campaign ring hollow.
ALTHOUGH the accolade may ring hollow after abject failure at Royal Ascot, Dubai Duty Free winner Gladiatorus remains the world's leading active racehorse according to the latest edition of the World Thoroughbred Rankings.
bishops' conference's Solidarity with Africa program and the Vatican's 2009 Year of Africa ring hollow.