give a ring(redirected from give a buzz)
give (one) a ring
To call one on the phone. Let me give her a ring and see what she thinks about all this. Give me a ring tonight, and we'll work out the details.
give someone a ringand give someone a buzz; give someone a call
Fig. to call someone on the telephone. Nice talking to you. Give me a ring sometime. Give me a buzz when you're in town.
give someone a ring
1. Also, give someone a buzz. Call someone on the telephone, as in Give me a ring next week, or Bill said he'd give her a buzz. Both these expressions allude to the sound of a telephone's ring. [Colloquial; c. 1920]
2. Present a lover with an engagement ring, as in I think he's giving her a ring tonight. [First half of 1800s]