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ring hollow

To sound or give the sense of being false, insincere, or not genuine. The statements that followed made her apology ring hollow. The dialogue in the film rings hollow—no one talks like that in real life.
See also: hollow, ring

ring hollow

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sound hollow

COMMON If a statement or promise rings hollow or sounds hollow, it does not seem true or sincere. Now the promise of a long, secure career rings hollow, employers must find new ways to attract staff. Official claims that the two countries are close friends sound increasingly hollow. Note: You can also say that a statement or promise has a hollow ring. The Government's claim to be making record investments in railways has a very hollow ring. Compare with ring true. Note: The idea is of an object that is meant to be solid making a loud noise when struck, indicating that it is weaker or cheaper than it was believed to be.
See also: hollow, ring

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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Islamabad -- Taking part in the discussion ppp senator Farhatullah Babar said that the slogan of accountability will sound hollow without across the board accountability of every one by rejecting the notion of holy cows whether in the security establishment or in the judiciary and without an effective Right to Information law.
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When it's done, it should sound hollow when tapped underneath.
Words of solace, especially from those in authority, sound hollow today because the state has once again failed to ensure the citizens' right to life, from which all other rights sprout.
Carefully choreographed words of old school politicians sound hollow and irrelevant in comparison to Imran's spontaneous and emotionally charged speeches.
Words of remorse can sound hollow, but the confessional is not new in the making.
RIDICULING Rahul Gandhi's comments that he believed in empowering people and fighting graft, the BJP on Sunday said all his claims sound hollow.
To check they are ready, tap the underside - it should sound hollow.
Inverarity said the selectors were watching Hughes very closely, but that must be starting to sound hollow after the Redback was dropped from the Test side two Tests after making 81 not out against England, then was dumped from the one-day side as well.
Her boasts about falling job figures will in future sound hollow when much of the reduction is down to the scourge of emigration.
Bake the doughnuts for about 12- 15 minutes, or until the doughnuts are golden and sound hollow when you tap their underside.
But just a quick glance through Bayern's recent purchases from their Bundesliga rivals makes Hoeness' words sound hollow and Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has a different view of Munich's recruitment policy.
To check if it is baked dirough, tip it out of die pan and tap die bottom - it should sound hollow.
The President of SCBAP said that any claims of democracy or Rule of Law sound hollow in a society where religious intolerance rules all political and legal decisions and policies.
When the meringue is ready it should sound hollow when tapped on the base.