ring the changes

ring the changes

To continually alter or change something. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. I'm not surprised that Tina showed up with purple hair today—she loves ringing the changes with her hair color.
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

ring the changes

BRITISH
COMMON If you ring the changes, you make changes to the way something is organized or done in order to make it different or to improve it. I like to ring the changes with dark curtains in the winter, and light Indian ones in the summer. Choose a classic trouser suit that you can wear all year round, and ring the changes each season with blouses, scarves and jewellery. Note: In bell-ringing, to `ring the changes' means to ring a number of church bells, each of which gives a different note, one after the other in every possible combination.
See also: change, ring

ring the changes

vary the ways of expressing, arranging, or doing something.
In bell-ringing, the changes are the different sequences in which a peal of bells may be rung.
See also: change, ring

ring the ˈchanges (on something)

(British English) make changes to something in order to have greater variety: I’m pleased to see that they’re ringing the changes in the staff canteen. The new menus are much more interesting.This expression refers to bell-ringing, where the bells can be rung in different orders.
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.
45pm GARY ROWETT has vowed to ring the changes against Preston to pump energy into pedestrian Derby.
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.
The Canaries take on npower Championship side Peterborough in the third round and Hughton intends to ring the changes to freshen up his side.
Hughton will ring the changes to freshen up his side as the Canaries face Championship side Peterborough in the third round tomorrow.
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".
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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.
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.
Boro are expected to ring the changes, which brings some of the fringe players into first goalscorer contention.