ring (one's) bells

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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 (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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

ring (someone's)

chimes/bells Slang
To knock (an opponent) out by physical or other force.
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The horses showered the fine dry snow on the faces of those in the sleigh- beside them sounded quick ringing bells and they caught confused glimpses of swiftly moving legs and the shadows of the troyka they were passing.
Why, my dear fellow, you may drive yourself into delirium if you have the impulse to work upon your nerves, to go ringing bells at night and asking about blood!
But as soon as, driving into the wide semicircular court and getting out of the sledge, he mounted the steps, and the hall porter, adorned with a crossway scarf, noiselessly opened the door to him with a bow; as soon as he saw in the porter's room the cloaks and galoshes of members who thought it less trouble to take them off downstairs; as soon as he heard the mysterious ringing bell that preceded him as he ascended the easy, carpeted staircase, and saw the statue on the landing, and the third porter at the top doors, a familiar figure grown older, in the club livery, opening the door without haste or delay, and scanning the visitors as they passed in--Levin felt the old impression of the club come back in a rush, an impression of repose, comfort, and propriety.
I just have grudge feelings against those people only who are ringing bells on there any sort of platform, twitter, YouTube and so on who are trolling and are in support of war between Pakistan and India.
However, after ringing bells, count was made but only 14 senators were present resulting suspension of proceeding for 30 minutes.
If you get involved in Yoko Ono's Bells for Peace, you will be contributing to a large-scale public artwork that will see thousands of people ringing bells and singing out for peace.
And it turns out that there was time when it was widely believed - at least in the Christian West - that ringing bells had the power to chase storm clouds away.
As quorum remained incomplete after ringing bells first for five minutes and then after the break of 40 minutes, the chair adjourned the session.
There are currently 13 ringing bells and three fifteenth century ones.
By the middle of the 18th century, the renowned local historian Henry Bourne said the bells "have a bold and noble sound, and yet an exceedingly sweet and harmonious one".There are currently 13 ringing bells and three fifteenth century ones.
A PTI lawmaker, Asif Mehmud, pointed out the quorum and the chair ordered for ringing bells and after five minutes, the quorum was found incomplete and the chair adjourned the sitting to meet again on Monday (Feb 19) at 2pm.
"Ringing bells used to be what social media is to people today - a way of sharing information across long distances.
"Theres something very special about gathering with your family and friends on New Years Eve at the foot of the beautiful Carillon, sharing resolutions, laughter, ringing bells and enjoying the music of City Carillonneur Tim Sleep.
When he pursued Ringing Bells for a refund for the unfulfilled order, the dealer said Mohit Goel and another executive at the mobile phone maker threatened to kill him and his family.