ring a bell


ring a bell
ring a bell
Fig. [for something] to cause someone to remember something or for it to seem familiar. •

I've never met John Franklin, but his name rings a bell.

Whenever I see a bee, it rings a bell. I remember when I was stung by one.

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{v. phr.} To make you remember something; sound familiar. * /Not even the cat's meowing seemed to ring a bell with Judy. She still forgot to feed him./ * /When Ann told Jim the name of the new teacher it rang a bell, and Jim said, "I went to school with a James Carson."/

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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