ring the bell


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ring the bell

1. To be exactly what one wants, needs, or is looking for. I was browsing the lot for a new car, when I saw a used Camaro that really rang the bell. We've been wandering around town looking for somewhere to eat, but nothing has rang the bell so far.
2. To prove especially memorable, noteworthy, or effective. The comic's whole routine got some pretty good laughs, but the bit that rang the bell was when he talked about his experiences at Disney Land. After a long career of writing rather disposable romance novels, she said she wanted to craft a more literary story that would really ring the bell for more serious readers.
3. To cause someone to take notice or action; to be alarming or worrying to someone. The part of the contract that really rang the bell was a clause near the end that specified that we would forfeit all creative control of the product in perpetuity. The language the politician is using in his rallies has been ringing the bell for many civil rights activists.
4. To notify or indicate that something is the case. The analyst said that the market trend was ringing the bell that the economy was about to experience another decline. The language the politician is using in his rallies has been ringing the bell for many civil rights activists.
See also: bell, ring

ring the bell

Inf. to be just what is needed; to hit the spot. This cold water really rings the bell. A good hot bowl of soup would ring the bell about now.
See also: bell, ring

ring the bell

tv. to be just what is needed; to hit the spot. A good hot bowl of soup would ring the bell about now.
See also: bell, ring
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15 seconds prior to the market closing you ring the bell. That tells the traders they have 15 seconds to complete their trade for the day." Mr Pitt also got to sign the book of official bell ringers and walk the floor of the stock exchange.
The Ring the Bell for Gender Equality event is a global partnership of IFC, Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative (SSE), UN Global Compact, UN Women, Women in ETFs, and the World Federation of Exchanges.
Currently in its fifth iteration, a global collaboration across 66 stock exchanges worldwide plan to 'Ring the Bell for Gender Equality', to celebrate International Women's Day 2019, on Friday, 8 March 2019.
'Many cricket grounds ring the bell to signal start of play, though some don't for some reason.
London: IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, today joined 34 stock exchanges in a global initiative to "Ring the Bell for Gender Equality"--a partnership that highlights how the private sector can spur global growth by helping ensure that women participate in economic activity at the same rate as men.
"May I ring the bell with you?" Wordlessly, I handed her the bell rope and let her ring it by herself.
Once he received permission from church leaders to ring the bell, Hales contacted Reuter and Heiny.
Attending an event here today to spread awareness about domestic violence, Dikshit said: "When we will ring the bell in whole Delhi, it will spread awareness among people and they will realise that how they should keep their partner, whether it is their wife, daughter or sister, safe."
MCC's most pleasing innovation of recent times, apart from gatemen greeting visitors with manners instead of grunts, has been to invite celebrated ex-players to ring the bell five minutes before start of play.
after a week of this training, find a spot where she can sit or lie down while people are entering and ask her to sit/stay while you ring the bell.
It's taking a bit longer to get him to ring the bell when he wants to go outside.
"This was a one-off incident as someone inexperienced was on the door and we think they might have forgotten to ring the bell.
He wanted to get off at the James Cook University Hospital on Marton Road, but as he stood up to ring the bell, the bus began to turn right as the traffic lights changed to green.
I thought that the easiest thing to do would be to just stop a passer-by (it is a busy student district in that part of the city), they could stop for 20 seconds, ring the bell for me, and then all would be well.