ring the bell


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ring the bell

1. To be exactly what one wants, needs, or is looking for. I was browsing the lot for a new car, when I saw a used Camaro that really rang the bell. We've been wandering around town looking for somewhere to eat, but nothing has rang the bell so far.
2. To prove especially memorable, noteworthy, or effective. The comic's whole routine got some pretty good laughs, but the bit that rang the bell was when he talked about his experiences at Disney Land. After a long career of writing rather disposable romance novels, she said she wanted to craft a more literary story that would really ring the bell for more serious readers.
3. To cause someone to take notice or action; to be alarming or worrying to someone. The part of the contract that really rang the bell was a clause near the end that specified that we would forfeit all creative control of the product in perpetuity. The language the politician is using in his rallies has been ringing the bell for many civil rights activists.
4. To notify or indicate that something is the case. The analyst said that the market trend was ringing the bell that the economy was about to experience another decline. The language the politician is using in his rallies has been ringing the bell for many civil rights activists.
See also: bell, ring

ring the bell

Inf. to be just what is needed; to hit the spot. This cold water really rings the bell. A good hot bowl of soup would ring the bell about now.
See also: bell, ring

ring the bell

tv. to be just what is needed; to hit the spot. A good hot bowl of soup would ring the bell about now.
See also: bell, ring
References in classic literature ?
Kit looked about him, and admired, and looked again, and this a great many times before he could make up his mind to turn his head another way and ring the bell.
He stood on one side, however, and allowed Granet to ring the bell.
Left in his consulting-room, Doctor Allday failed to ring the bell which summoned the next patient who was waiting for him.
He checked his first impulse to ring the bell, and looked carefully on the table for some note or message from the dead man.
If you will do me the favour to ring the bell, the servant will show you to the door.
I managed to find out what time to ring the bell to turn the hands to, and that is about all.
Nevertheless," pursued Darnay, rising to ring the bell, "there is nothing in that, I hope, to prevent my calling the reckoning, and our parting without ill-blood on either side.
Ring the bell at once, and ask the waiter about the trains.
This years Ring the Bell events include over 60 stock exchanges.
The members of the McKenzie chapter selected Heiny to ring the bell.
After the Ring the Bell for Gender Equality event in Suva, Fiji, the new Pacific Corporate Governance Institute will hold a special session on board gender diversity to mark International Womens Day.
The Deputy Speaker ordered to ring the bell again for two minutes but the quorum was not completed.
Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda urged the alliance to ring the bell for Janet Lim-Napoles and all those who pillaged the national treasury.
the Well, the dog didn''t actually ring the bell but it was in the company of two of the girls.
I READ with some amazement Garry Aplin's letter (April 8) regarding the need to ring the bell on buses.