ring false

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
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The film's insistent feel-goodery and occasional nods to feminism (delivered by a spunky blue-haired hacker emoji, voiced by Anna Faris) ring false.
The oath is likely to ring false to fans after the scandal of government-orchestrated cheating in Russia.
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Nerissa has few redeeming qualities, which makes all the attention she attracts ring false.
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Yet even if every word of Coogler's account of the last day in Grant's life held up under close scrutiny, the film would still ring false in its relentlessly positive portrayal of its subject.
Forgiveness without limit and forgiveness from the heart are two of Christianity's most staggering challenges; nevertheless, to refuse these challenges or to try to skirt or ignore them would make our claim to belong to God ring false.
Yet with the recent announcement that Lombard's personality and poor management style is to blame for the deaths of employees, among FT's other woes, the assertion of "pure business" starts to ring false.
Non-Western artists, however, were not the first group to encounter such a double bind: Feminists did so before them, and found a solution in the rallying cry "the personal is political," an insight which is finally what is missing from Echakhch's striking installations, and whose absence makes a bold image ring false.
They offer statements to the public, sounding sincere and concerned, but if their actions fail to support their statements, their initial message will soon ring false.
Berg's obvious enthusiasm for the boom-boom makes the movie's tacked-on moral ring false.
These many nature passages contain the best writing in the book; they rarely ring false or strain too hard; they are strikingly, simply, eloquent.
On Monk originals like "Epistrophy" and "Crepuscule with Nellie," and the dazzling nine-minute version of the standard "Sweet and Lovely," Coltrane eagerly bends the sturdy melodies, inserting notes that might ring false in less skilled hands.
Some of the book's statements about Scottish education must ring false to those who experienced it before the author did.
The 'imagined conversations' between Sylvia and her mother, the menage a trois that grew when Assia Wevill became the 'other woman' who wreaked destruction (killing herself and Ted's daughter Shura some years later), the conversations with neighbours, all ring false.