ring hollow

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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
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ring hollow


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
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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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The problem is that these promises of an economic bonanza sound hollow because they fail to address the central issue: the brutal Israeli occupation.
Glaze just the tops with beaten egg, transfer to the floured sheet, then bake for 10-12 mins until risen and golden, and they sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.
Considering a high number of corruption cases against PPP members and the worst of literacy and development rates, Bilawal's tall claims sound hollow.
Bake for 15-18 minutes until golden and they sound hollow when tapped.
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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.
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.
Now they all seem to be coming loose and sound hollow when tapped with a hammer as if there is no contact between the cement and the sandstone.
Bake the doughnuts for about 12-15 minutes, or until the doughnuts are golden and sound hollow when you tap their underside.
Bake the doughnuts for about 12- 15 minutes, or until the doughnuts are golden and sound hollow when you tap their underside.
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.
But Murphy insists the plaudits will sound hollow unless they claim the club's first major piece of silverware.