ring in(redirected from ringed them 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
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