ring out the old

ring out the old

1. To celebrate the end of a year and usher in the start of a new one. My friends and I all rang out the old with a wild party at Sarah's house. My parents are letting me stay up late to ring out the old with them.
2. To mark a transition between two stages or phases, as one ends and another begins. The revolutionary war, which rang out the old for the newly founded nation, also had the unintended side effect of producing tens of thousands of refugees no longer welcome in the country due to their wartime allegiance. This is the last week before the company is taken over by the media giant, so we're ringing out the old with a huge blowout party.
See also: old, out, ring

ring out the old

Fig. to celebrate the end of a year while celebrating the beginning of a new one. (See also ring in the new year.) I don't plan to ring out the old this year. I'm just going to go to bed. We never ring out the old because it's too dismal.
See also: old, out, ring