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ring a bell

To seem familiar, remind one of something, or stimulate an incomplete or indistinct memory. Your description rings a bell, but I don't think I've ever been there myself. A: "Have you ever heard of Steve Robinson?" B: "Hmm, the name doesn't ring a bell."
See also: bell, ring

ring off the hook

Of a telephone, to be ringing constantly or very frequently. The image is of the phone ringing so frequently that it falls off the cradle or wall attachment. Gosh, I'm exhausted. The phone was ringing off the hook all day at work! Ever since we announced the 2-for-1 deal, our phones have been ringing off the hook.
See also: hook, off, ring

ring a bell

Fig. [for something] to cause someone to remember something or for it to seem familiar. I've never met John Franklin, but his name rings a bell. Whenever I see a bee, it rings a bell. I remember when I was stung by one.
See also: bell, ring

ring off the hook

Fig. [for a telephone] to ring incessantly and repeatedly. What a busy day! The telephone has been ringing off the hook all day long. The telephone has been ringing off the hook ever since the ad appeared in the paper.
See also: hook, off, ring

ring a bell

Arouse an indistinct memory, remind one of something, as in That name rings a bell-I think I've met him. The bell here summons up a memory. [1930s]
See also: bell, ring

ring a bell

If something rings a bell, it is slightly familiar to you and you know you have heard it before, but you do not remember it fully. The name rings a bell but I can't think where I've heard it. `I'll check and see if we've anything on him,' said the sergeant. `It doesn't ring a bell at the moment.'
See also: bell, ring

ring a bell

revive a distant recollection; sound familiar. informal
See also: bell, ring

ring off the hook

(of a telephone) be constantly ringing due to a large number of incoming calls. North American
See also: hook, off, ring

ring a ˈbell

(informal) sound familiar; help you remember something, but not completely: That name rings a bell but I can’t remember exactly where I’ve heard it before.
See also: bell, ring

ˌring off the ˈhook

(American English) (of a telephone) ring many times: The phone has been ringing off the hook with offers of help.
See also: hook, off, ring

ring a bell

tv. to stir something in someone’s memory. Yes, that rings a bell. I seem to remember it.
See also: bell, ring

ring off the hook

in. [for a telephone] to ring endlessly or constantly. The phone was ringing off the hook when I came in.
See also: hook, off, ring

ring a bell

Informal
To arouse an often indistinct memory.
See also: bell, ring
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Benjamin devotes the opening few moments of Ringed by the Flat Horizon to presenting the motivic and expressive images for subsequent development during the course of the work, generally presenting the material in varied ensembles rather than by using individual instruments, although a few passages featuring soloistic effects do presage later expansion.
One blackbird seen in a North East garden had been ringed in Norway four years previously.
Although the distribution, reproduction, and biology of the ringed seal (Pusa hispida) in the western Canadian Arctic have been the subject of scientific study for four decades (Stirling et al.
Birds are ringed with a white ring with a letter/number code engraved on it and readable with a telescope, above the knee and a red ring above a metal ring from the national ringing scheme below the knee.
Despite the conditions, the chicks ringed this year are very healthy and we expect them all to fledge in the next few weeks.
Barry sucks" chants ringed the stadium when Bonds walked out to left field for the bottom of the first inning, but William Alvarez of Los Angeles was told his T-shirt - with that phrase inked on the back, alongside "SF Killer 187" - had to be covered up.
A sea-bird ringed in Teesside is believed to be one of the most far-flung travellers of its kind after being found more than 6,000 miles away.
Two pairs of little ringed plovers have nested at Ringstone reservoir, near Ripponden.
Such plants are not uncommon (hollies, for example, are dioecious), but Edmier's swollen cycad spouses are special in the blatancy of their sexuality, the male with a fat, upright proboscis sprouting from its six-foot stalk and the female with a bulbous, cauliflowerish orb ringed by strawberry-like fruit.
He discovered that a penguin uses enough force (push or pull) to send its poop flying a whopping 40 centimeters (16 inches) from its clean nest] During research trips to Antarctica, Meyer-Rechow saw penguin nests ringed by streaks of feces.
A small but lavishly illustrated book, Exploring Saturn tells readers in detail all we currently know about the ringed planet.
A large number of bikes are also taken, with up to a fifth being ringed.
The outskirts of Alicante are ringed by satellites of scrubby, featureless suburbs, with no sense of place and little formal communal space.
THREE osprey chicks had their first contact with humans yesterday when they were plucked from their nest to be ringed.
If it has a striking black band across its belly then it is a ringed plover - a tiny wader that also raises young on seemingly barren beaches.