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chime in

1. To join in a discussion about something; to offer one's thoughts. When I heard them discussing my department, I just had to chime in with my own suggestions.
2. To join in and harmonize, as of a singer joining others. OK, so when do we chime in on this song?
3. To compliment something well. Your idea really chimes in with our vision for the project.
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chime in with (something)

1. To contribute a thought, opinion, aside, etc., to an ongoing discussion or debate. When I heard them discussing my department, I just had to chime in with my own suggestions. We were in the middle of an intense discussion about the merits of the Socratic method, when Jeremy chimed in with some inane quote from the movie "Bill and Ted."
2. To compliment or agree with something well or naturally. Your idea really chimes in with our vision for the project.
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ring (one's) bells

1. To render one stunned, insensible, or unconscious, as from a physical blow or the effects of a drug. I could hear him bad-mouthing my girlfriend, so I went over and rang his bells with a single left hook to the eye. Be careful with this stuff—it will really ring your bells if you take too much at once.
2. To be keenly attractive, interesting, or exciting to one. A lot of my friends are obsessed with going out and playing basketball or soccer, but reading a good novel is what rings my bells. If I'm honest, he isn't the type of man who would normally ring my bells, but he was so affable and funny that I felt attracted to him nonetheless.
See also: bell, ring

ring (one's) chimes

1. To render one stunned, insensible, or unconscious, as from a physical blow or the effects of a drug. I could hear him bad-mouthing my girlfriend, so I went over and rang his chimes with a single left hook to the eye. Be careful with this stuff—it will really ring your chimes if you take too much at once.
2. To be keenly attractive, interesting, or exciting to one. A lot of my friends are obsessed with going out and playing basketball or soccer, but reading a good novel is what rings my chimes. If I'm honest, he isn't the type of man who would normally ring my chimes, but he was so affable and funny that I felt attracted to him nonetheless.
See also: chime, ring
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

chime in (with something)

Fig. to add a comment to the discussion. Little Billy chimed in with a suggestion. He chimed in too late; the meeting was breaking up.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

chime in

1. Join in harmoniously or in unison, either literally (with music) or figuratively (joining a conversation to express agreement). For example, In this passage I want the altos to chime in with the tenors, or When Mary agreed, her sister chimed in that she'd join her. The literal usage was first recorded in 1681, the figurative in 1838.
2. chime in with. Be in agreement or compatible with, as in His views chime in with the paper's editorial stance. [Early 1700s]
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ring one's chimes

Arouse one's attention, excite one, as in That kind of music really rings my chimes. [Slang; 1970]
See also: chime, ring
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

chime in

v.
1. To join in harmoniously with someone or something: The carolers began singing and everyone chimed in.
2. To interrupt someone or join a conversation suddenly, especially with an uninvited opinion: The kids were talking among themselves when the teacher chimed in.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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"The town council is very strongly opposed to any move to stop the clock from chiming at night."
She has now appealed to the parish council in Rothbury, Northumberland, to stop the clock chiming between 11pm and 7am.
Says Cath: "The chiming of the clock is driving us mad.
In response, the town council - which maintains the clock - hand-delivered a questionnaire to 400 residents and businesses asking for their views about the clock chiming every 15 minutes from 12.15am to 6.15am.
Councillors say that it will cost pounds 865 to stop the clock from chiming, and money to pay for the work would have to be raised by increasing the town's council tax bill.
But the owner of a 16th century coaching inn, The Dragon Hotel, which is situated just yards away from the town hall clock, says he is losing thousands of pounds of business because his guests are being disturbed by the chiming and are refusing to return.
Having considered various viewpoints from local people who feel strongly about the clock's importance to the heritage of the town, we have decided we shall not pursue the matter any further and will respectfully retract our complaint about its night time chiming."
Mark Michaels says the clock is affecting trade and wants the chiming stopped during the night because his guests cannot sleep.
``Most people say they would like to come back but when they book they always ask for a room at the rear of the hotel because the chiming keeps them awake.