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A person or thing that bears a strong resemblance to someone or something else. Susie was such a dead ringer for Kate Winslet that sometimes people would ask her for her autograph.
*(dead) ringer (for someone)
Fig. very closely similar in appearance to someone else. (*Typically: be ~; look like ~.) You are sure a dead ringer for my brother. Isn't he a ringer for Chuck?
look like a (dead) ringer
(for someone) Go to a (dead) ringer (for someone).
a dead ringer for somebody/something
someone or something that looks exactly like someone or something else Our waiter was a dead ringer for Humphrey Bogart. My silver-blue '64 Buick was a dead ringer for the one Sinatra drove in that movie.
be a dead ringer for somebody/something
to look very similar to someone or something He's a dead ringer for Bono from U2 - people often come up to him in the street and ask for his autograph.
A person or thing that closely resembles another; an exact counterpart. For example, Brian's a dead ringer for his Dad, or That red bike is a dead ringer for Mary's. [Late 1800s]
(dead) ringer (for someone)
n. someone who is an exact duplicate of someone else. (see also ringer.) You are sure a dead ringer for my brother.
ringer for someoneverb
See also: ringer
n. the obvious choice; the one identical to the one you have; the best match; the best match for one’s needs; the most likely choice. (see also (dead) ringer (for someone).) That’s the best horse racing today. It’s a ringer if I ever saw. one.
put through the ringer
Subjected to a harsh scolding or punishment. Before washing machine spin cycles, excess water was squeezed out of hand-washed laundry by means of a wringer mounted on an agitator-type washing machine or a sink. The device was composed of two cylinders set close together and turned by a hand crank. Being put through the wringer could be hard on delicate clothing, and being put through the metaphorical wringer, such as being chewed out by your boss, isn't much fun either.