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ring

1. verb, informal To contact (someone or some organization) by telephone. She rang us from Kentucky to say that she had arrived safely. I'll ring the company in the morning and see if they can expedite the delivery.
2. noun, informal A call by telephone. Used especially with the verb "give." I'll give you a ring tomorrow once I know what my plans are.

ring a bell

To seem familiar, remind one of something, or stimulate an incomplete or indistinct memory. Your description rings a bell, but I don't think I've ever been there myself. A: "Have you ever heard of Steve Robinson?" B: "Hmm, the name doesn't ring a bell."
See also: bell, ring

ring around

1. To form a circle around (someone or something). We ringed around the ancient tree to protect it from the woodcutters. A group of fans ringed around the celebrity, asking for autographs and reaching out for a hand shake.
2. To call a number of different people or organizations on the phone, especially to get certain information or try to organize something. I'm ringing around to different plumbers to see who can do the job for the least amount of money. Let's ring around and see if any of our friends want to go camping this weekend.
See also: around, ring

ring in

1. To call an organization, typically to impart some particular information. (In usages 1-3, the past tense of "ring" is "rang," and the past participle is "rung.") Mike rang in to say that he was going to be late to the meeting. We've had a number of listeners ringing in to the station to give us their opinions on the topic.
2. To report some information over the phone, especially to law enforcement. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "ring" and "in." If you see something suspicious, don't hesitate to ring it in. Thankfully, a kayaker rang in the incident to the coast guard, and they managed to rescue everyone aboard the capsized ship.
3. To celebrate the arrival of some event or moment in time with cheer and revelry, likened to the ringing of bells. I love being among the thousands of people downtown who gather together to ring in the new year. We hold a choir festival every December to ring in the holiday season.
4. To enclose someone or something in or as in a circular shape. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "ring" and "in." (The past tense and past participle for this entry are both "ringed.") A beautiful hedge of rose bushes rings in the small terrace, giving it a peaceful feeling of privacy and security. Police officers had ringed us in, so we had no choice but to surrender.
See also: ring

ring off

1. To form a barrier in or as in a circular shape. (The past tense and past participle for this entry are both "ringed.") Heavy iron fences ring off the animal enclosure to prevent them from getting out—and foolhardy visitors from getting in. Military forces ringed off the area to prevent the rebels from escaping.
2. In hockey, to hit one of the goalposts with the puck, producing a ringing sound as a result. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "ring" and "off." (In usages 2-3, the past tense of "ring" is "rang," and the past participle is "rung.") With an open net in front of him, the forward had a chance to send the game to overtime, but he rang the puck off the crossbar. I rang it off the post three times in a row before finally scoring a goal.
3. To finish a telephone call; to hang up. Primarily heard in UK. I knew the call was a scam, because the man on the other end rang off as soon as I asked him for his credentials. She had rung off in a huff before I could tell her how I really felt.
See also: off, ring

ring off the hook

Of a telephone, to be ringing constantly or very frequently. The image is of the phone ringing so frequently that it falls off the cradle or wall attachment. Gosh, I'm exhausted. The phone was ringing off the hook all day at work! Ever since we announced the 2-for-1 deal, our phones have been ringing off the hook.
See also: hook, off, ring

ring round

1. To wrap or form a circle around someone or something. (A more formal and less common variant of "ring around.") A group of protestors had ringed round the iconic building to stop it from being demolished. Ornate jewels ringed round the golden crown.
2. To call a number of different people or organizations on the phone, especially to get certain information or try to organize something. I'm ringing round to different plumbers to see who can do the job for the least amount of money. Let's ring round and see if any of our friends want to go camping this weekend.
See also: ring, round
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

ring a bell

Fig. [for something] to cause someone to remember something or for it to seem familiar. I've never met John Franklin, but his name rings a bell. Whenever I see a bee, it rings a bell. I remember when I was stung by one.
See also: bell, ring

ring around something

to circle something. The children ringed around the maypole, dancing and singing. The mourners had ringed around the coffin for the final ceremony.
See also: around, ring

ring off the hook

Fig. [for a telephone] to ring incessantly and repeatedly. What a busy day! The telephone has been ringing off the hook all day long. The telephone has been ringing off the hook ever since the ad appeared in the paper.
See also: hook, off, ring
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

ring a bell

Arouse an indistinct memory, remind one of something, as in That name rings a bell-I think I've met him. The bell here summons up a memory. [1930s]
See also: bell, ring
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

ring a bell

If something rings a bell, it is slightly familiar to you and you know you have heard it before, but you do not remember it fully. The name rings a bell but I can't think where I've heard it. `I'll check and see if we've anything on him,' said the sergeant. `It doesn't ring a bell at the moment.'
See also: bell, ring
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

ring a bell

revive a distant recollection; sound familiar. informal
See also: bell, ring

ring off the hook

(of a telephone) be constantly ringing due to a large number of incoming calls. North American
See also: hook, off, ring
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

ring a ˈbell

(informal) sound familiar; help you remember something, but not completely: That name rings a bell but I can’t remember exactly where I’ve heard it before.
See also: bell, ring

ˌring off the ˈhook

(American English) (of a telephone) ring many times: The phone has been ringing off the hook with offers of help.
See also: hook, off, ring
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

ring a bell

tv. to stir something in someone’s memory. Yes, that rings a bell. I seem to remember it.
See also: bell, ring

ring off the hook

in. [for a telephone] to ring endlessly or constantly. The phone was ringing off the hook when I came in.
See also: hook, off, ring
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

ring a bell

Informal
To arouse an often indistinct memory.
See also: bell, ring

ring (someone's)

chimes/bells Slang
To knock (an opponent) out by physical or other force.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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