ring (one's) bell

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ring (one's) bell

1. To strike someone with a violent blow to the head, especially as might stun or concuss. I would have rung that guy's bell if I knew he had been trash-talking you. Sarah's likely to ring your bell if you keep harassing her like that.
2. To be enjoyable, preferable, or satisfactory to someone; to be or provide something that someone wants. A: "How's that new book you're reading?" B: "Eh, it isn't really ringing my bell, to be honest." I'd rather go see the action movie, if that's all right. Dramas just don't ring my bell.
3. To sexually attract or arouse someone; to bring someone sexual gratification or satisfaction. That redhead from across the bar has been ringing my bell all night. He looks mighty fine, all right. I'd like to take him home and ring his bell!
See also: bell, ring
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

ring someone's bell

mainly AMERICAN, INFORMAL
If someone or something rings your bell, you find them very attractive, exciting or interesting. I saw one or two episodes of the series but it didn't exactly ring my bell.
See also: bell, ring
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
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Church of Scotland congregations in Renfrewshire are being urged to ring their bells in a show of solidarity and sympathy with France.
She is encouraging churches, where possible, to ring their bells for seven minutes at 7pm tonight, which is roughly the same time as the fire broke out at the 850-year-old Gothic building.
THE Archbishop of Wales is urging churches to ring their bells for peace during a nationwide day of commemorative events marking the centenary of the Armistice, the end of the First World War.
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Some 27 churches across Coventry and Warwickshire have pledged to ring their bells after a two-minute silence at 11am on November 11.
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