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ring false

To seem or sound false, insincere, inauthentic, or deceitful. I personally think that their reasoning rings a bit false. The actor's vacuous, overblown performance is sure to ring false for anyone who grew up in that part of the country.
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ring false

Also, have a false or hollow ring ; strike a false note. Seem wrong or deceitful, as in Her denial rings false-I'm sure she was there when it happened, or His good wishes always seem to have a hollow ring, or Carol's congratulatory phone call really struck a false note. Ring false and the antonym, ring true, which means "seem genuine," allude to the old practice of judging a coin genuine or fake by the sound it gives out when tapped. This practice became obsolete when coins ceased to be made of precious metals, but by then the idioms were being used to refer to other matters. [Mid-1800s]
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ring ˈtrue/ˈfalse/ˈhollow

seem true/false/insincere: What you’ve said about Jim just doesn’t ring true. Are we talking about the same person?His apology rings a little hollow.
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It is so long a chain, and yet every link rings true.
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6 : to seem to be a certain way <Their story rings true.
As Taylor acquaints us with the pecking order in his school, his parents' conversations and escalating arguments, his struggle with his stammer, his hero worship of his older cousin, the prejudice and ignorance of his adult acquaintances, his first crush and first serious ethical dilemma, every word rings true.
I wish I possessed the magic definition but, like everyone else, there is one descriptor that rings true for me: developmental.
I think it's safe to say that the headline of an article I authored for our March 1986 issue rings true today: "Robots Still on the Sidelines of the Wood Products Industry.
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However, if your daily experiences are examined, that comment rings true for any profession whose code of conduct is governed by "situational ethics.
This reviewer initially found his crude anger heavy-handed, but in her third novel, Neff's talent as a storyteller soon dispels any issue with introductions to Abel, and the character ultimately rings true.
Although several aspects of the Charleston statement are antiquated, the heart of the Summary still rings true.
At times the dance gets comical and frustrating to the reader, but it is the stuff of life and rings true.
Sure, the chemistry rings true between actors Jose Luis Garcia-Perez and David Castillo as uncle and nephew.
Given the fact that most Escapes never leave the pavement, Ford's claim that this is a "no compromises" vehicle rings true.