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familiar with (someone or something)

Acquainted with or knowledgeable about someone or something. Yeah, I'm familiar with Bill, he seems like a good guy. I'm not familiar with that song—how's it go?
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have a familiar ring

To sound like something one has heard before. I must have read this before—the words in the opening paragraph have a familiar ring to them.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

*familiar with someone or something

to have a good knowledge of someone or something. (*Typically: be ~; become ~; get ~.) Are you familiar with changing a flat tire? I can't speak German fluently, but I'm somewhat familiar with the language.
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have a familiar ring (to it)

Fig. [for a story or an explanation] to sound familiar. Your excuse has a familiar ring. Have you done this before? This term paper has a familiar ring to it. I think it has been copied.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

have a familiar ring

Sound or seem as though one has already heard of something. For example, That story has a familiar ring; I'm sure I've read it before.
See also: familiar, have, 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.

have a familiar ˈring (about/to it)

sound familiar: His complaints have a familiar ring. Others have said exactly the same thing about our designs.The music in the movie had a familiar ring to it. I think it was Schumann.
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in a familiar way

mod. pregnant. (Euphemistic for in a family way.) Britney is in a familiar way, have you heard?
See also: familiar, way
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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The superhero soon known familiarly as Cap was just what WWII Americans needed.
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Joe Vanderhoof, the Record's president and publisher, said in a statement that Osenenko's "familiarly with the Hudson Valley, his years of serving in highly visible executive editor roles with Gannett and his most previous role as editor of their news service, are all elements of a seasoned and very well respected editor by anyone's standards."
This begins familiarly: the naked, strangely mutilated body of a murdered American tourist, her corpse arranged to mimic da Vinci's Vetruvian Man, is discovered in Rome's Pantheon.
Settling into his placid new home, he had no idea that he'd soon be, familiarly enough, in a battleground of clashing creeds, complete with terrorism and flying bullets, and that one of those bullets was meant for him.