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a/the ring of truth

An appearance or semblance of the truth. There is a ring of truth to what she's saying, but I'm not totally convinced. Everything he says has the ring of truth, so it's hard to tell when he's lying. Her article paints a bleak picture of the future of our planet, and I worry that there's a ring of truth to her concerns.
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ring of truth, the

It sounds genuine. This term alludes to the practice of judging a genuine coin by its “ring” or sound, which dates from the days when coins had intrinsic value because they were made of precious metals. Frederick W. Robinson used it in a sermon in 1850: “Truth, so to speak, has a certain ring by which it may be known.”
See also: of, ring
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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