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ring of truth, the

It sounds genuine. This term alludes to the practice of judging a genuine coin by its “ring” or sound, which dates from the days when coins had intrinsic value because they were made of precious metals. Frederick W. Robinson used it in a sermon in 1850: “Truth, so to speak, has a certain ring by which it may be known.”
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It had, too, one somewhat rare quality--a delightful ring of truth. Perhaps that was one of the reasons why Prince Maiyo was just then, amongst certain circles, one of the most popular persons in Society.
There are no rebel dogs on this side of the river.' There was the ring of truth in what he said, and I knew that if I raised my voice I was a dead man.
Everything in this remarkable book has the ring of truth.
figure By EDITORIAL Complaints by parliamentary staff about being mistreated by the MPs they work for have the ring of truth around them.
Although it is not something I wish to hear about, I cannot help but feel that there is a ring of truth in the statement.
There is a ring of truth to the contention though because several of the country's provinces have been bending themselves backwards just to prove they deserve a higher share of resources available under the National Finance Commission.
The ring of truth: After months of believing his lies, Eileen might, at last, be onto the fact that Phelan is a murderer
Indeed, the remarks by several opposition leaders that the PML-N has unfailingly disappointed and undermined parliament with its almost undemocratic attitude towards the people's house have an uncomfortable ring of truth. Democratic institution building is based on respecting rules and promoting good norms.
"A novel is a monumental lie that has to have the absolute ring of truth if it's going to succeed" - Best-selling novelist Barbara Taylor Bradford.
Budd He did deliver several passages that struck the tribunal as having the ring of truth: he had not before had a letter of complaint like the one he received from the claimant; he took no action for some days before discussing it with Mr Robinson and was unsure whether to do so at all.
There does appear to be some ring of truth in what Mr Junker is saying.
Anderson, who holds traditional Christian beliefs about angels, was careful to select only those stories that had a ring of truth to them.
His description of how the DDS (Davao Death Squad) started had the ring of truth in it.
And the accusations have a ring of truth to them given that there's less than a handful of half decent bookshops in Dubai.