ring true


ring true
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?

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{v. phr.} To have a tone of genuineness; sound convincing. * /I believed his sob story about how he lost his fortune, because somehow it all rang true./

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • ring true — To sound genuine (like a tested coin) • • • Main Entry: ↑ring * * * ring true phrase to sound true or sincere It was a possible explanation, but it didn’t quite ring true. Thesaurus: to be true or believablesynonym …   Useful english dictionary

  • ring true — {v. phr.} To have a tone of genuineness; sound convincing. * /I believed his sob story about how he lost his fortune, because somehow it all rang true./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • ring true — if something someone has said or written rings true, it seems to be true. Something about the story didn t quite ring true. (often negative) …   New idioms dictionary

  • ring true — to sound true or sincere It was a possible explanation, but it didn t quite ring true …   English dictionary

  • ring true — verb To seem to be correct, or plausible His excuse about his daughter being ill again rings true, to me. Ant: ring false, ring hollow …   Wiktionary

  • ring\ true — v. phr. To have a tone of genuineness; sound convincing. I believed his sob story about how he lost his fortune, because somehow it all rang true …   Словарь американских идиом

  • Ring True Foundation — The Ring True Foundation was founded in 2001 by former NBA player Manute Bol. The mission of Ring True is to deliver relief to Christians in the Sudan. Ring True comes under heavy persecution by the Sudanese government and Islamic Fundamentalists …   Wikipedia

  • ring hollow — phrase to sound false or not sincere The company’s claim that it is an unwitting participant rings hollow. Thesaurus: to seem unreal or untruesynonym Main entry: ring * * * ring ˈtrue/ˈhollow/ˈfalse idiom to give the impression of being sinc …   Useful english dictionary

  • ring false — ring ˈtrue/ˈhollow/ˈfalse idiom to give the impression of being sincere/true or not sincere/true • It may seem a strange story but it rings true to me. Main entry: ↑ringidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • ring — ring1 W2S1 [rıŋ] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(jewellery)¦ 2¦(circle)¦ 3 give somebody a ring 4¦(bells)¦ 5¦(criminals)¦ 6 have the/a ring of something 7 have a familiar ring 8 run rings around somebody 9¦(cooking)¦ …   Dictionary of contemporary English


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