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ring (one) up
1. To call someone on the telephone. Here's my number—ring me up sometime, and we can go see a movie or something. I have to ring someone up about the branches that blew down in our neighborhood overnight.
2. To record the items someone wishes to purchase and tally the amount of money they owe. I'm sorry, I'm closing this till. My colleague will ring you up at the next register.
ring (something) up
To record the amount of money owed to purchase something and add it to the total. The guy behind the counter had already started ringing my groceries up when I realized that I had forgotten to pick up eggs. Would you mind ringing this croissant up first? It's for my son to eat.
ring someone up
to call someone on the telephone. I will ring her up when I get a chance. I have to ring up a whole list of people.
ring something up
to record the cost of an item on a cash register. Please ring this chewing gum up first, and I'll put it in my purse. The cashier rang up each item and told me how much money I owed.
1. Record, especially by means of a cash register, as in They had already rung up the sale so I decided not to get the extra items. [c. 1930] Although older cash registers usually signaled a recorded sale with the ringing of a bell, the idiom survives in the age of computers.
2. Accomplish, achieve, as in They rang up an impressive string of victories.
1. To record the sale of something, especially by using a cash register: She had already rung up the sale when I discovered that I didn't have enough money. I placed the items on the counter, and the cashier rang them up.
2. To record a sale to someone, especially by means of a cash register: I rang up the last two customers and closed the store. He can ring you up on the second register.
3. To call someone on the telephone: I'll ring you up this weekend. She rang up an old friend and asked him to dinner.
4. To amass some number or quantity of points or wins: They rang up seven consecutive victories before losing a game.
5. To amass some amount or quantity of credits or debits: The company rang up $2 billion in profits last year. With all the food that we ate, we rang a hefty bill up.