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ring the changes

To continually alter or change something. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. I'm not surprised that Tina showed up with purple hair today—she loves ringing the changes with her hair color.
See also: change, ring

ring the changes

Keep varying how one performs an action or says something, as in She went on and on, ringing the changes on the joy of computers. This expression alludes to the art of change-ringing, where a series of church bells are rung in as many sequences, or changes, as possible. [Early 1600s]
See also: change, ring

ring the changes

BRITISH
COMMON If you ring the changes, you make changes to the way something is organized or done in order to make it different or to improve it. I like to ring the changes with dark curtains in the winter, and light Indian ones in the summer. Choose a classic trouser suit that you can wear all year round, and ring the changes each season with blouses, scarves and jewellery. Note: In bell-ringing, to `ring the changes' means to ring a number of church bells, each of which gives a different note, one after the other in every possible combination.
See also: change, ring

ring the changes

vary the ways of expressing, arranging, or doing something.
In bell-ringing, the changes are the different sequences in which a peal of bells may be rung.
See also: change, ring

ring the ˈchanges (on something)

(British English) make changes to something in order to have greater variety: I’m pleased to see that they’re ringing the changes in the staff canteen. The new menus are much more interesting.This expression refers to bell-ringing, where the bells can be rung in different orders.
See also: change, ring

ring the changes, to

To try every possible variation in doing or saying something. The term refers to the ancient English art of change-ringing, in which a series of tuned church bells are rung in as many different sequences as possible. Depending on the number of bells, a great many changes are possible—for example, 720 with six bells. The term was transferred to other kinds of variation by the early seventeenth century, as in T. Adams’s Devil’s Banquet (1614): “Some ring the changes of opinions.” In the late eighteenth century the term also was used for a swindle in which something inferior was substituted for an article of quality; this usage is obsolete.
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SOUTH Africa coach Peter de Villiers has rung the changes ahead of Saturday's Tri-Nations clash with Australia at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium.
Gavin Hamilton's men have rung the changes for the televised clash by ditching several members of the old guard - with teen ace Freddie Coleman, 17, and gloveman Marc Petrie, 20, getting their chance.
MATT WILLIAMS has rung the changes for Ulster's Magners League clash with the Ospreys at Ravenhill tonight (7.35pm).
SCOTLAND coach Steve McCormack has rung the changes for his side's crunchWorld Cup pool B clash with Fiji tomorrow.
"The lower temperatures might give our guys more energy which might be a bit frightening," said coach Graham Henry, who has again rung the changes to face an under-strength Scotland.
Both teams have rung the changes, though, so the line-ups may struggle to gel from the start and that makes a buy in the low 50s slightly risky.
RUGBY: Wales Under-21 coach Chris Davey has rung the changes to his side as they prepare to face France in the Under-21 World Championship tonight (6pm).
Gloucester had rung the changes in their backline but fielded a near full-strength pack that surprisingly did not dominate as much as expected.
BERNARD LAPORTE has rung the changes after France's first defeat in Ireland in 18 years.
Tipp have rung the changes after the heavy defeat to Kilkenny.
FRANCE coach Marc Lievremont has rung the changes for his side's second Test against Australia in Brisbane on Saturday.
CANADA coach Ric Suggitt has rung the changes for his team's match with England at Twickenham.
KEVIN BLACKWELL has rung the changes at Elland Road this summer and the former Sheffield United coach reckons the Leeds fans will notice an immediate improvement in the team's attitude as a result, writes Dan Childs.
It was relief for County boss Bill Dearden, who rung the changes after defeat at Huddersfield last week.
The Sussex captain took lunch with 57 to his name out of 114 for three as Lancashire rung the changes through their seam and spin attack and eventually managed to add the wicket of Tony Cottey to two early breakthroughs.