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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

to seem to be accurate or sincere The book rang true because the author had actually experienced the ordeal of being marooned on an island. Cooper's reassuring words didn't ring true with everyone.
Usage notes: often used with not, as in the example, and often used in the forms the ring of truth or a ring of truth: Speaking as a parent of boys, I can tell you her comments have the ring of truth.
Opposite of: ring hollow
See also: ring, true

ring true

if something someone has said or written rings true, it seems to be true (often negative) Something about the story didn't quite ring true.
See ring hollow
See also: ring, true

ring true

see under ring false.
See also: ring, true
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3) Whether or not this is thihnnking that noncreative viewers can relate to, it will certainly ring true to anyone who has ever tried to express himself artistically.
His accounts of the griminess of long backpacking trips will ring true with those who have spent much time outdoors.
With the introduction of the Aquarius NetStation, we believe we have finally struck the chord that will ring true with radiology professionals today," said Robert Taylor, Executive Vice President of TeraRecon.
Ramis and crew have written enough good jokes, but the story is paper thin, and when the movie tries for poignancy, it doesn't ring true.
While humor has been a key ingredient in our advertising for some time, the new campaign creates a sense of comfort and trust with situations that are amusing, yet ring true for people," says Maureen Knoll, director of corporate communications at Delta Dental.
The message that Christmas is for children and the eternally young at heart undoubtedly will come through loud and clear and ring true as Austrian crystal, when the Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra performs ``The Toy Symphony.
That's why we welcome this excellent series from Universal, because it touches on so many themes that will ring true for families around the world.
By really getting into the characters, the authors have humanized both the terrorists and the hostages and make their tale ring true.
Yet, if the production's passions ring true, its poetic and theatrical dimensions are less fully realized.
Flashpoint's music is a raw mixture of punk, metal and hardcore, with songs full of driving rhythms, hummable melodies, and lyrics that ring true.
One of House Speaker Newt Gingrich's most enthusiastic supporters on Sunday became the first Republican to announce that he would not vote for Gingrich for a second term as speaker, saying that Gingrich's explanations for admitted ethical lapses simply did not ring true.
A few have extraordinary characters and situations that ring true and feel just right.
That story doesn't ring true for those who knew Fleeman and Wiley.
Mir's practice projects an image of the artist as confidante, optimistic life of the party, and charming pedagogue, and most of the time these personae dovetail and ring true in the work.