verb (used without object), rang, rung, ring·ing.
verb (used with object), rang, rung, ring·ing.
- to indicate one's arrival at work by punching in on a time clock.
- Informal. to introduce artfully or fraudulently: to ring in an imposter.
- to terminate a telephone conversation.
- British Slang. to stop talking.
- British Slang. to go away.
- to indicate one's departure from work by punching out on a time clock.
- to make a sound or noise; resound: The church bells rang out.
- to register (the amount of a sale) on a cash register.
- to accomplish or record: to ring up a series of successes.
- Chiefly British. to telephone.
- to direct that the curtain of a theater be lowered or closed.
- to lower or close the curtain in front of a stage.
- to direct that the curtain of a theater be raised or opened.
- to raise or open the curtain in front of a stage.
Origin of ring2
Related formsring·ing·ly, adverbring·ing·ness, noun
British Dictionary definitions for ring down the curtain on (1 of 2)
verb rings, ringing or ringed (tr)
- to cut away a circular strip of bark from (a tree or branch) in order to kill it
- to cut a narrow or partial ring from (the trunk of a tree) in order to check or prevent vigorous growth
Word Origin for ring
British Dictionary definitions for ring down the curtain on (2 of 2)
verb rings, ringing, rang or rung
- (tr) to cause (a large bell, esp a church bell) to emit a ringing sound by pulling on a rope that is attached to a wheel on which the bell swings back and forth, being sounded by a clapper inside itCompare chime 1 (def. 6)
- (intr) (of a bell) to sound by being swung in this way
- to lower the curtain at the end of a theatrical performance
- (foll by on) to put an end (to)
- to do, say, or be the right thing
- to reach the pinnacle of success or happiness
Word Origin for ring
Medicine definitions for ring down the curtain on
Science definitions for ring down the curtain on
Idioms and Phrases with ring down the curtain on (1 of 2)
ring down the curtain on
Bring something to an end, as in We'd best get to that grand old hotel before they ring down the curtain on it. This idiom alludes to the old practice of signaling that a theater curtain be lowered at the ring of a bell. Similarly, ring up the curtain on refers to a bell rung to begin a performance and came to mean starting anything, as in Their contribution rang up the curtain on the fund drive. The figurative use of these terms dates from the early 1900s.
Idioms and Phrases with ring down the curtain on (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with ring
- ring a bell
- ring down the curtain on
- ring false
- ring one's chimes
- ringside seat
- ring the changes
- ring true
- ring up
- brass ring
- give someone a ring
- have a familiar ring
- run rings around
- three-ring circus
- throw one's hat in the ring