ring hollow

ring hollow

To sound or give the sense of being false, insincere, or not genuine. The statements that followed made her apology ring hollow. The dialogue in the film rings hollow—no one talks like that in real life.
See also: hollow, ring

ring hollow

or

sound hollow

COMMON If a statement or promise rings hollow or sounds hollow, it does not seem true or sincere. Now the promise of a long, secure career rings hollow, employers must find new ways to attract staff. Official claims that the two countries are close friends sound increasingly hollow. Note: You can also say that a statement or promise has a hollow ring. The Government's claim to be making record investments in railways has a very hollow ring. Compare with ring true. Note: The idea is of an object that is meant to be solid making a loud noise when struck, indicating that it is weaker or cheaper than it was believed to be.
See also: hollow, ring

ring ˈtrue/ˈfalse/ˈhollow

seem true/false/insincere: What you’ve said about Jim just doesn’t ring true. Are we talking about the same person?His apology rings a little hollow.
See also: false, hollow, ring, true
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The fat cat pay rises and constant cries for more politicians make those early promises ring hollow.
Aung San Suu Kyi's claims that her government 'does not fear international scrutiny' ring hollow.
She said: "Guarantor loans are an increasing cause of problem debt, so their attempts to cosy up to MPs ring hollow.
Russian and pro-regime counter-IS words ring hollow when they cut deals with and allow terrorists to transit territory under their control," the coalition said in a statement.
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UNLESS and until the Prime Minister comes clean on his own family's tax affairs, his repeated assertion that this government intends to get tough with tax dodgers will continue to ring hollow.
Coun Clancy says the council can still offer hope, but to many people on the frontline this will ring hollow.
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.
The words of politicians who state that "We are all in this together" ring hollow on empty stomachs.
Their words ring hollow in our region with a rate of 10%, comfortably the highest in the UK.
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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