ring (one's) bells

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ring (one's) bells

1. To render one stunned, insensible, or unconscious, as from a physical blow or the effects of a drug. I could hear him bad-mouthing my girlfriend, so I went over and rang his bells with a single left hook to the eye. Be careful with this stuff—it will really ring your bells if you take too much at once.
2. To be keenly attractive, interesting, or exciting to one. A lot of my friends are obsessed with going out and playing basketball or soccer, but reading a good novel is what rings my bells. If I'm honest, he isn't the type of man who would normally ring my bells, but he was so affable and funny that I felt attracted to him nonetheless.
See also: bell, ring
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The TRC encouraged churches to ring their bells at noon to "honour residential school survivors, recognize the formal close of the TRC" and to encourage all Canadians to "commit to working towards a reconciled future for all of Canada.
In front of them is a music score bearing all the notes, and they must watch and ring their bells at the right time.
Some 27 churches across Coventry and Warwickshire have pledged to ring their bells after a two-minute silence at 11am on November 11.
Then each tall ship and the fire truck will ring their bells five times as well for each wreath.
Using cloth, Dixie and Mary stitched together a long piece of sheet music, with colors corresponding to the two or three notes on which the kids would ring their bells when Dixie pointed to the square.
EX-SERVICEMEN and women of the Royal British Legion are asking churches to ring their bells to mark the end of the two minutes silence traditionally held at 11am on November 11.
Twenty-five pairs of eyes burrowed into every square of that cloth sheet music, looking for the color that corresponded with the two or three notes on which they would ring their bells when the choir director pointed to the square.