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verb (adverb)
mainly British to make a telephone call (to)
(tr) to record on a cash register
(tr) to chronicle; recordto ring up another success
ring up the curtain
  1. to begin a theatrical performance
  2. (often foll by on) to make a start (on)
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ring up


Record, especially by means of a cash register, as in They had already rung up the sale so I decided not to get the extra items. [c. 1930] Although older cash registers usually signaled a recorded sale with the ringing of a bell, the idiom survives in the age of computers.


Accomplish, achieve, as in They rang up an impressive string of victories.

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