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ring false

To seem or sound false, insincere, inauthentic, or deceitful. (Much less common than the opposite, "ring true.") I personally think that their reasoning rings a bit false. The actor's vacuous, overblown performance is sure to ring false for anyone who grew up in that part of the country.
See also: false, ring

ring true

To seem or sound true, sincere, or authentic. I personally don't think that their reasoning rings true. The actress's stirring performance really rings true for anyone who has gone through similar circumstances.
See also: ring, true

ring true

Fig. to sound or seem true or likely. (From testing the quality of metal or glass by striking it and evaluating the sound made.) The student's excuse for being late doesn't ring true. Do you think that Mary's explanation for her absence rang true?
See also: ring, true

ring false

Also, have a false or hollow ring ; strike a false note. Seem wrong or deceitful, as in Her denial rings false-I'm sure she was there when it happened, or His good wishes always seem to have a hollow ring, or Carol's congratulatory phone call really struck a false note. Ring false and the antonym, ring true, which means "seem genuine," allude to the old practice of judging a coin genuine or fake by the sound it gives out when tapped. This practice became obsolete when coins ceased to be made of precious metals, but by then the idioms were being used to refer to other matters. [Mid-1800s]
See also: false, ring

ring true

see under ring false.
See also: ring, true

ring true

If something that is said or written rings true, it seems to be true or sincere. It is Mandela's argument that rings true to American ears. When I first heard his reasons, they didn't ring true. Compare with ring hollow.
See also: ring, true

ring ˈtrue/ˈfalse/ˈhollow

seem true/false/insincere: What you’ve said about Jim just doesn’t ring true. Are we talking about the same person?His apology rings a little hollow.
See also: false, hollow, ring, true
References in classic literature ?
I think that I must have been rather overacting my delight, and that she detected a hollow ring in my congratulations, for I saw her eyebrows rise a little, and she glanced at me curiously.
As satisfying as their wins over Mayo in the last two years have been, they've ultimately carried a hollow ring.
Much like when spilled coffee dries up and leaves behind a hollow ring, particles tend to move to the outside of the liquid droplet.
The comments had a hollow ring on both sides as Rosberg nurses a 43-point lead and the chance to win a world championship.
Jones, 41, said he was deeply sorry, but Judge Rhys Rowlands said his apologies had a hollow ring to them because he had denied the charge.
Demetriades' tough talk on Tuesday had a hollow ring.
Leaving aside the fact that at the last Fans Forum, a club droid stated that they wouldn't comment on any transfer dealings at all, the manager's recent statement that the 1892 Ballbearing company had to excite the supporters again does have a hollow ring to it.
The Government's claim that the economy is out of intensive care will have a hollow ring for those at Direct Line who face the dole queue.
These are damning statistics and give a hollow ring to racing's cry that it is doing all it can in the self-help department.
It's the joke with the hollow ring for many divorced men who leave a marriage with their pockets rather lighter than when they entered it.
But that claim had a hollow ring for disgruntled fans who left in their hundreds before the end.
DAVID Cameron speaks of the UK as a source of prosperity and fairness, but this has a rather hollow ring about it when English students will, from next year, be faced with tuition fees of up to pounds 36,000 if they enrol in a traditional four year honours degree course in any British university, whilst Scots attending a Scottish university will pay absolutely nothing for any kind of degree.
His claims to be a Good Samaritan have a hollow ring.
While New Zealand has proved a far happier hunting ground, the nation's greatest World Cup result against Australia will have a hollow ring to it if Italy prevail in Dunedin.
leaders "may not consider the return on America's investment in NATO worth the cost" has a hollow ring.