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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.
ring up something
to earn or lose a particular amount of money His division, which employs about 300 people worldwide, rang up $50 million in sales last year.
ring up somethingalso ring something up
to record the prices of items being bought Their groceries had already been rung up at the cash register. If a sales clerk forgets to ring something up do you call it to his or her attention?
Usage notes: from pushing keys on an old-fashioned cash register (a machine that records a sale and stores the money received), which made a ringing sound
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.