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ring false

To seem or sound false, insincere, inauthentic, or deceitful. (Much less common than the opposite, "ring true.") I personally think that their reasoning rings a bit false. The actor's vacuous, overblown performance is sure to ring false for anyone who grew up in that part of the country.
See also: false, ring

ring true

To seem or sound true, sincere, or authentic. I personally don't think that their reasoning rings true. The actress's stirring performance really rings true for anyone who has gone through similar circumstances.
See also: ring, true

ring true

Fig. to sound or seem true or likely. (From testing the quality of metal or glass by striking it and evaluating the sound made.) The student's excuse for being late doesn't ring true. Do you think that Mary's explanation for her absence rang true?
See also: ring, true

ring true

see under ring false.
See also: ring, true

ring true

If something that is said or written rings true, it seems to be true or sincere. It is Mandela's argument that rings true to American ears. When I first heard his reasons, they didn't ring true. Compare with ring hollow.
See also: ring, true

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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Mrs Hattatt said: "It did not really ring true for this school but we could not work out where it had come from.
From the old grandfather, Baron of Fisher Forest, to the lighter tones of the mysterious Pug and the cool Oberon, the male voices ring true.
A good idea, it falls flat because the story has no real backbone and the characters just don't ring true.
The style is accessible, and although the character of Su-Jen is young, the portrayal of her disenchantment with her family as well as her awkward assimilation of Canadian culture will ring true with the older teens to whom this book might appeal.
This is a heart-wrenching tale and Alvarez makes it ring true.
Like Gary Paulsen, Bodett describes outdoor adventures succinctly and memorably, and he has a knack for warm but unsentimental portraits that ring true.