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Give someone a ring

verb phrase

To call on the telephone (1940s+)
Also, give someone a buzz. Call someone on the telephone, as in Give me a ring next week, or Bill said he’d give her a buzz. Both these expressions allude to the sound of a telephone’s ring. [ ; c. 1920 ]
Present a lover with an engagement ring, as in I think he’s giving her a ring tonight. [ First half of 1800s ]


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