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ring false

To seem or sound false, insincere, inauthentic, or deceitful. (Much less common than the opposite, "ring true.") 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.
See also: false, ring

ring true

To seem or sound true, sincere, or authentic. I personally don't think that their reasoning rings true. The actress's stirring performance really rings true for anyone who has gone through similar circumstances.
See also: ring, true
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

ring true

Fig. to sound or seem true or likely. (From testing the quality of metal or glass by striking it and evaluating the sound made.) The student's excuse for being late doesn't ring true. Do you think that Mary's explanation for her absence rang true?
See also: ring, true
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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]
See also: false, ring

ring true

see under ring false.
See also: ring, true
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 true

If something that is said or written rings true, it seems to be true or sincere. It is Mandela's argument that rings true to American ears. When I first heard his reasons, they didn't ring true. Compare with ring hollow.
See also: ring, true
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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.
See also: false, hollow, ring, true
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References in classic literature ?
"It is so long a chain, and yet every link rings true."
That rings true for Philippine sport's newest darling as newly minted Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz stands to receive a brand new house and lot on top of her P5 million incentive from the government.
It was absurdly wonderful and somehow the story stays true and rings true and it works.
But one thing still rings true - following a Premier League team is a costly business.
I want to comment on Patrick Sweeney's March "Handgunning" column, "All You Can Handle." His closing statement of "Check your ego at the door" rings true. Being a lucky member of Idaho's finest, I hail from a fraternity of professionals that not only forces you to wear your ego on your lapel, it also forces you to endure friendly hazing when you show up to the range with a small-caliber handgun--much the same razzing you receive while wearing a CW fanny-pack.
Scenes of Harry with nothing left to give; well-meaning Susan and Frank stressed to breaking point; Los unthinkingly choosing to celebrate a new home with Harry when it hasn't room for him and Terry trying to offer comfort, all add up to a warts-and-all story which, sadly, rings true.
"When we now say Britain is in love with its technology, it actually rings true," the Daily Star quoted Anthony Catterson, of the consumer website, as saying.
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Phyllis Tickle's conclusion that Christianity renews itself every 500 years (NCR, May 29) rings true, as does her prediction that we're moving toward a church that's more "relational, non-hierarchical" and "democratized." But the "great emergence" is much greater than Tickle imagines.
An urban fiction novel that rings true what some people deal with daily, "Hood Rats" is a recommended read.
Worth reading for any curious or those on higher rungs of the public service ladder who want to change it for the better, "Street-Level Bureaucracy" rings true almost three decades later.
SOCCER rivalry on the sidelines with pushy parents and sparring dads desperate for glory - that's The Cup for you, and I'm sure it rings true for most folks wringing their hands in the stands for their youngsters.
The old saying still rings true: "If you can read this, thank a teacher.
THEY say someone's first novel is always somewhat autobiographical, and for Kerri Simpson this certainly rings true.