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]
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A lot of people ring in the New Year with vows to lose weight and exercise.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models|Carrie Arnold|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
These brave souls took an icy dip in the ocean to ring in 2015 and raise money for charity.Diving Into 2015 With Polar Bear Plunge Extremists|James Joiner|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Some things never change as we wring out the old year and ring in the new one.
And no issue should be defined by its outliers because it paints a false picture.
He has contributed to a false picture of law enforcement based on isolated injustices.
When Yima pressed the earth with this ring, the genius of the Earth, Aramaîti, responded to his wish and order.Solomon and Solomonic Literature|Moncure Daniel Conway
I plainly heard a noise upon the cover of my closet like that of a cable, and the grating of it as it passed through the ring.
I desired the captain would please to accept this ring in return of his civilities, which he absolutely refused.
But the sheer quantity of the inflated currency and false money forces prices higher still.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
The rest is done by cutting away two upper and four under-teeth, and substituting false ones at the desired angle.Checkmate|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu