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ring hollow

also ring false
to seem dishonest, not true, or wrong The Rockets sounded like a defeated team - they talked of the possibility of a comeback, but the words rang hollow. Her characters and situations all ring false and her movie just seems painful and pointless.
Usage notes: often used in the forms a hollow ring or a false ring (a dishonest or not sincere quality): Her story about the hostages is certainly exciting, but it has a hollow ring.
Opposite of: ring true
See also: hollow, ring

ring/sound hollow

if something someone says rings hollow, it does not sound true or sincere The claims they made two years ago that peace was just around the corner ring very hollow now.
See beat hollow
See also: hollow, ring
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Islamabad -- Taking part in the discussion ppp senator Farhatullah Babar said that the slogan of accountability will sound hollow without across the board accountability of every one by rejecting the notion of holy cows whether in the security establishment or in the judiciary and without an effective Right to Information law.
Daryl Janmaat |knows apologies sound hollow to Toon fans now
When it's done, it should sound hollow when tapped underneath.
Words of solace, especially from those in authority, sound hollow today because the state has once again failed to ensure the citizens' right to life, from which all other rights sprout.
Carefully choreographed words of old school politicians sound hollow and irrelevant in comparison to Imran's spontaneous and emotionally charged speeches.
Words of remorse can sound hollow, but the confessional is not new in the making.
RIDICULING Rahul Gandhi's comments that he believed in empowering people and fighting graft, the BJP on Sunday said all his claims sound hollow.
To check they are ready, tap the underside - it should sound hollow.
Inverarity said the selectors were watching Hughes very closely, but that must be starting to sound hollow after the Redback was dropped from the Test side two Tests after making 81 not out against England, then was dumped from the one-day side as well.
Her boasts about falling job figures will in future sound hollow when much of the reduction is down to the scourge of emigration.
Bake the doughnuts for about 12- 15 minutes, or until the doughnuts are golden and sound hollow when you tap their underside.
But just a quick glance through Bayern's recent purchases from their Bundesliga rivals makes Hoeness' words sound hollow and Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has a different view of Munich's recruitment policy.
To check if it is baked dirough, tip it out of die pan and tap die bottom - it should sound hollow.
The President of SCBAP said that any claims of democracy or Rule of Law sound hollow in a society where religious intolerance rules all political and legal decisions and policies.
When the meringue is ready it should sound hollow when tapped on the base.