ring hollow

ring hollow

To sound or give the sense of being false, insincere, or not genuine. The statements that followed made her apology ring hollow. The dialogue in the film rings hollow—no one talks like that in real life.
See also: hollow, ring

ring hollow

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sound hollow

COMMON If a statement or promise rings hollow or sounds hollow, it does not seem true or sincere. Now the promise of a long, secure career rings hollow, employers must find new ways to attract staff. Official claims that the two countries are close friends sound increasingly hollow. Note: You can also say that a statement or promise has a hollow ring. The Government's claim to be making record investments in railways has a very hollow ring. Compare with ring true. Note: The idea is of an object that is meant to be solid making a loud noise when struck, indicating that it is weaker or cheaper than it was believed to be.
See also: hollow, ring

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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No one at the ministry had the slightest doubt that Saillard was a blockhead, but neither had any one ever found out how far his stupidity could go; it was too compact to be examined; it did not ring hollow; it absorbed everything and gave nothing out.
A senior Trump administration source added: "We continue to monitor the events in the Russian far north but Moscow's assurances that 'everything is normal' ring hollow to us.
Promises of new jobs and improved infrastructure that might arise from this tax revenue ring hollow in a state where voters were once told that tollways would become freeways.
NEW DELHI -- The old adage that sports and politics do not mix will ring hollow again when former champions India and Pakistan clash in a geopolitically charged World Cup match months after being on the verge of war.
Strangely, the prime minister's claims about justice continue to ring hollow just because of the inefficiency and incompetence, or could it be corruption, of state departments.
Eoin O Broin said Leo Vardakar's response to claims on Mr Murphy's failures "ring hollow".
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Top congressional Democrats on Wednesday slammed President Donald Trump's response to a series of suspicious packages sent to prominent Democratic officials, saying his "words ring hollow".
NO ANSWERS Fife's arguments about executive pay ring hollow
The fat cat pay rises and constant cries for more politicians make those early promises ring hollow.
"Aung San Suu Kyi's claims that her government 'does not fear international scrutiny' ring hollow. Myanmar has repeatedly said it will not co-operate with the UN-mandated Fact Finding Mission established earlier this year," Gomez said.
She said: "Guarantor loans are an increasing cause of problem debt, so their attempts to cosy up to MPs ring hollow. They want to normalise the things they do by saying they're concerned about credit rating.
"Russian and pro-regime counter-IS words ring hollow when they cut deals with and allow terrorists to transit territory under their control," the coalition said in a statement.
UNLESS and until the Prime Minister comes clean on his own family's tax affairs, his repeated assertion that this government intends to get tough with tax dodgers will continue to ring hollow.
Shocked at the conman's comments, the son of one of Barber's victims said his words would "ring hollow" to those he defrauded.