ring the changes

ring the changes

  (British & Australian)
to make something more interesting by changing it in some way Bored with your old look? Ring the changes with our new-look hairstyles and make-up!
See also: change, ring

ring the changes

Keep varying how one performs an action or says something, as in She went on and on, ringing the changes on the joy of computers. This expression alludes to the art of change-ringing, where a series of church bells are rung in as many sequences, or changes, as possible. [Early 1600s]
See also: change, ring
References in classic literature ?
He has provided dancers too, not only sword but also bell-dancers, for in his own town there are those who ring the changes and jingle the bells to perfection; of shoe-dancers I say nothing, for of them he has engaged a host.
Indeed the worthy housewife was of such a capricious nature, that she not only attained a higher pitch of genius than Macbeth, in respect of her ability to be wise, amazed, temperate and furious, loyal and neutral in an instant, but would sometimes ring the changes backwards and forwards on all possible moods and flights in one short quarter of an hour; performing, as it were, a kind of triple bob major on the peal of instruments in the female belfry, with a skilfulness and rapidity of execution that astonished all who heard her.
It's been an incredible 2014 for the band who recently released their latest album Ring The Changes on See Monkey Do Monkey Records.
Brian McDermott reckons Manchester United can stay on course for another glorious treble – even if they ring the changes for tomorrow's FA Cup clash with his Reading side.
Hughton will ring the changes to freshen up his side as the Canaries face Championship side Peterborough in the third round tomorrow.
The Canaries take on npower Championship side Peterborough in the third round and Hughton intends to ring the changes to freshen up his side.
MANAGER Phil Parkinson will ring the changes as Bradford look to maintain their incredible record in knockout competitions when they travel to Brentford for their FA Cup second-round replay tonight.
HARTLEPOOL manager Neale Cooper seems set to ring the changes for tonight's visit of Sheffield United.
TELECOMS watchdogs want to ring the changes to save mobile phone users from a "bill shock".
Two divisions separate the teams, but Honest Men chief Brian Reid has already said he'll ring the changes and blood a few youngsters in a competition that is a lowly third on their list of priorities behind Division One survival and the League Cup.
SHELLEY bell-ringers are looking out for new members to help them ring the changes in Shelley.
STRATFORD Town boss Rod Brown was forced to ring the changes this week ahead of their 2-1 win over Westfields.
Chesterfield manager Sheridan has promised to ring the changes at the club after defeat to high-flying Daggers left the Spireites in the bottom half of the table.
LLANGEFNI Town plan to ring the changes, possibly involving as many as six call-ups, in the North Wales Coast Challenge Cup opener tonight when they entertain Amlwch Town of the Welsh Alliance.
Songs such as Sweet Sacrifice and Call Me When You're Sobersoon show it's business as usual - but it's where they do ring the changes that prove most intriguing.