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ring true

see under ring false
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  • The words, “Admit no one, excepting those who bring with them friends you can trust,” did not ring true in her ear.

    The Dew of Their Youth S. R. Crockett
  • And somehow his wriggling did not ring true even in her simple ears.

    The Golden Woman Ridgwell Cullum
  • Lieutenant Defoe punctuated his words with a laugh, but that laugh did not ring true in Dave's ears.

    Dave Dawson at Dunkirk Robert Sydney Bowen
  • Even as she spoke, she knew that her words did not ring true.

    Sisters Grace May North
  • Both Second Peter and Jude ring true, with the genuine apostolic note.

    The Literature and History of New Testament Times J. Gresham (John Gresham) Machen

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