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dead ringer

A person or thing that bears a strong resemblance to someone or something else. Susie was such a dead ringer for Kate Winslet that sometimes people would ask her for her autograph.
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be a dead ringer for

To bear a strong resemblance to someone or something else. People sometimes ask Susie for her autograph because she is a dead ringer for Kate Winslet.
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*(dead) ringer (for someone)

Fig. very closely similar in appearance to someone else. (*Typically: be ~; look like ~.) You are sure a dead ringer for my brother. Isn't he a ringer for Chuck?

look like a (dead) ringer

(for someone) Go to a (dead) ringer (for someone).
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dead ringer

A person or thing that closely resembles another; an exact counterpart. For example, Brian's a dead ringer for his Dad, or That red bike is a dead ringer for Mary's. [Late 1800s]
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a dead ringer for someone

COMMON If you say that one person is a dead ringer for another, you mean that the first person looks or sounds exactly like the second. He's tall, dark and a dead-ringer for Robert Pattinson. Kovic is extraordinary in one respect: he's a dead ringer for the former US President. Note: The word `ringer' may originally have come from a name for dishonest traders at fairs who sold brass rings, pretending they were gold. In American horse racing, a `ringer' is a horse that has been dishonestly substituted for another in a race.
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a dead ˈringer for somebody

(informal) a person who looks extremely like somebody else: She’s a dead ringer for her mother.A ringer was a person or thing that pretended to be another person or thing. In horse racing for example, a ringer was a horse that was substituted for another in order to cheat in a race.
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(dead) ringer (for someone)

n. someone who is an exact duplicate of someone else. (see also ringer.) You are sure a dead ringer for my brother.
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dead ringer

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ringer for someone

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n. the obvious choice; the one identical to the one you have; the best match; the best match for one’s needs; the most likely choice. (see also (dead) ringer (for someone).) That’s the best horse racing today. It’s a ringer if I ever saw. one.

put through the ringer

Subjected to a harsh scolding or punishment. Before washing machine spin cycles, excess water was squeezed out of hand-washed laundry by means of a wringer mounted on an agitator-type washing machine or a sink. The device was composed of two cylinders set close together and turned by a hand crank. Being put through the wringer could be hard on delicate clothing, and being put through the metaphorical wringer, such as being chewed out by your boss, isn't much fun either.
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Handbell teams or choirs consist of between four and 20 ringers and each team will have up to 60 or 70 bells, each bell finely tuned like the notes on a piano.
I recounted the tale to members at the Harry Windsor Ringing Centre in Kineton where Graham Nabb, the head of the centre, proposed the idea of getting together a full band of ringers.
Ringer, of Penarth, will be sentenced on April 14, and faces a driving ban if he cannot produce the documents by then.
Last year, a bell ringer in Eugene was just a tad too trustful, Murray said.
Ringer recommends using the four questions an audit committee should ask auditors, as cited in Warren Buffett's letter to investors in the Berkshire Hathaway 2002 annual report (see adjacent sidesbar).
For the first time, I saw photographs of Barrie, the `King of the Ringers', and of the detective who chased him, and of Aknahton, the $1 million ringer - photographs that have never been published.
McRae and Ringer, who won the 1995 world title, marked their debut for Citroen with second place in the season-opening Monte Carlo Rally.
But as she waited for the emergency services to reach her, she insisted the other ringers chime the bells for two weddings.
This dangles down to the ringer below and must be pulled just hard enough for the bell to swing round on the wheel and come to a balance at the top before it swings back again the way it came.
Ringer, Education and Society in Modern Europe (Bloomington, IN, 1979); Peter Lundgreen, "Bildung und Besitz-Einheit oder Inkongruenz in der europaischen Sozialgeschichte," Geschichte und Gesellschaft 7 (1981): 262-75; Ringer, "Bestimmung und Messung von Segmentierung: Eine Teilantwort an Peter Lundgreen," Geschichte und Gesellschaft 8 (1982): 280-85.
BOSTON -- The Publicity Club of New England, the region's oldest not-for-profit public relations trade organization, today announced the Call for Entries for its Annual Bell Ringer Awards competition.
New series rIngEr Thur Sky Living 8pm Sarah Michelle Gellar was the star of the most influential show of the last 20 years.
The Mobile Bell Ringer campaign will raise proceeds to benefit families in need in Norfolk, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Accomac and Northampton counties
Crews from West Midlands Fire Service had to carry an injured bell ringer down the steep and narrow staircase at All Saints Church, in Rectory Lane, Allesley.
Here we had Kowroski, new to her role, staunchly partnered by Philip Neal, glittering magnificently in "Diamonds," Miranda Weese and Jenifer Ringer, also a newcomer to the work, silkily elusive in "Emeralds," and the jauntily assertive Woetzel in "Rubies," which also boasted terrific role debuts from Ansanelli and the young Teresa Reichlen.