Idioms

Origin of ring

2
before 900; Middle English ringen, Old English hringan; cognate with Old Norse hringja, German ringen

SYNONYMS FOR ring

Related forms

ring·ing·ly, adverbring·ing·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for ring down the curtain on (1 of 2)

ring

1
/ (rɪŋ) /

noun

verb rings, ringing or ringed (tr)

Word Origin for ring

Old English hring; related to Old Norse hringr

British Dictionary definitions for ring down the curtain on (2 of 2)

ring

2
/ (rɪŋ) /

verb rings, ringing, rang or rung

noun

Word Origin for ring

Old English hringan; related to Old High German hringen Old Norse hringja

usage

Rang and sang are the correct forms of the past tenses of ring and sing, although rung and sung are still heard informally and dialectally: he rung (rang) the bell
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Medicine definitions for ring down the curtain on

ring

[ rĭng ]

n.

A circular object, form, or arrangement with a vacant circular center.
The area between two concentric circles; annulus.
A group of atoms linked by bonds that may be represented graphically in circular or triangular form.
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Science definitions for ring down the curtain on

ring

[ rĭng ]

A set of elements subject to the operations of addition and multiplication, in which the set is an abelian group under addition and associative under multiplication and in which the two operations are related by distributive laws.
A group of atoms linked by bonds that may be represented graphically in circular or triangular form. Benzene, for example, contains a ring of six carbon atoms. All cyclic compounds contain one or more rings. See annulus.
See growth ring.
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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)

ring


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

also see:

  • brass ring
  • give someone a ring
  • have a familiar ring
  • run rings around
  • three-ring circus
  • throw one's hat in the ring
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