Also, have a false or hollow ring; strike a false note. Seem wrong or deceitful, as in Her denial rings false—I’m sure she was there when it happened, or His good wishes always seem to have a hollow ring, or Carol’s congratulatory phone call really struck a false note. Ring false and the antonym, ring true, which means “seem genuine,” allude to the old practice of judging a coin genuine or fake by the sound it gives out when tapped. This practice became obsolete when coins ceased to be made of precious metals, but by then the idioms were being used to refer to other matters. [ Mid-1800s ]
verb 1. to assign (money, a grant, fund, etc) to one particular purpose, so as to restrict its use: to ring-fence a financial allowance 2. to oblige (a person or organization) to use money for a particular purpose: to ring-fence a local authority noun 3. an agreement, contract, etc, in which the use of money […]
noun 1. the finger next to the little finger, especially of the left hand, on which an engagement ring or wedding band is traditionally worn. noun 1. the third finger, esp of the left hand, on which a wedding ring is traditionally worn ring finger n. The third finger of the left hand.
- Ring flash
noun 1. (photog) a type of electronic flash in which the light source is arranged in a ring around the lens in order to produce a light without shadows
noun 1. ring-spinning frame. ring-spinning frame [ring-spin-ing] /ˈrɪŋˌspɪn ɪŋ/ noun 1. a machine containing the ring, traveler, and bobbin used in spinning yarn.