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

or

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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Coun Clancy says the council can still offer hope, but to many people on the frontline this will ring hollow.
Holidays can be brutal for grievers, and they are fraught with old memories and traditions that ring hollow when a member of the family is missing.
Without constructive engagement, Mr Crabb's protestations of good will may start to ring hollow.
Ministers' boasts that the economy is booming ring hollow to the families who suffer food poverty and who worry about not having enough money to feed their kids While the figures might show there is a recovery, that has not fed through to those on benefits and low incomes who are struggling to survive.
That's why the call for the good ship independence continues to ring hollow across the Clyde yards and Rosyth docks.
Commitments to end poverty without accompanying pledges to tackle inequality will increasingly ring hollow.
But boy does it ring hollow when Ms Rowland heaps gushing praise on this year's shouter-in-chief Amelia Lily.
The words of politicians who state that "We are all in this together" ring hollow on empty stomachs.
GOVERNMENT assurances on quality of care in Southern Cross homes ring hollow, Gateshead MP Ian Mearns has warned.
Common sense should suffice to prevent cheating, which only leaves students with grades and promotions that will ring hollow when they enter college or the work force and suddenly find themselves in need of remedial courses, or unable to land a job.
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His calls for taxes on bankers ring hollow and Labour will be rejected by an electorate that has had enough of their hollow words.
Billingham Forum's pool is closed for two years for refurbishment and these ill-timed closures make the current Swim 4 Life advertising campaign ring hollow.
ALTHOUGH the accolade may ring hollow after abject failure at Royal Ascot, Dubai Duty Free winner Gladiatorus remains the world's leading active racehorse according to the latest edition of the World Thoroughbred Rankings.
bishops' conference's Solidarity with Africa program and the Vatican's 2009 Year of Africa ring hollow.