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ringer1

[ring-er] /ˈrɪŋ ər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that encircles, rings, etc.
2.
a quoit or horseshoe so thrown as to encircle the peg.
3.
the throw itself.
4.
Also, ringers. Also called ring taw. Marbles. a game in which players place marbles in a cross marked in the center of a circle, the object being to knock as many marbles as possible outside the circle by using another marble shooter.
5.
Australian. a highly skilled sheep shearer.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25; ring1 + -er1

ringer2

[ring-er] /ˈrɪŋ ər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that rings or makes a ringing noise:
a ringer of bells; a bell that is a loud ringer.
3.
Slang.
  1. a racehorse, athlete, or the like entered in a competition under false representation as to identity or ability.
  2. a student paid by another to take an exam.
  3. any person or thing that is fraudulent; fake or impostor.
  4. a substitute or addition, as a professional musician hired to strengthen a school orchestra:
    We hired three ringers for the commencement concert.
Origin
1375-1425; late Middle English; see ring2, -er1
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Examples for ringer
  • One nominee was a ringer tossed in by the fossil of the pack in a fit of mischief.
  • They can sense when they are reaching their breaking point, and they know when to take a walk or turn off the ringer.
British Dictionary definitions for ringer

ringer

/ˈrɪŋə/
noun
1.
a person or thing that rings a bell
2.
(slang) Also called dead ringer. a person or thing that is almost identical to another
3.
(slang) a stolen vehicle the identity of which has been changed by the use of the licence plate, serial number, etc, of another, usually disused, vehicle
4.
(US) a contestant, esp a horse, entered in a competition under false representations of identity, record, or ability
5.
(Austral & NZ) the fastest shearer in a shed
6.
(Austral, informal) the fastest or best at anything
7.
a quoit thrown so as to encircle a peg
8.
such a throw
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Word Origin and History for ringer
ringer
especially be a dead ringer for "resemble closely," 1891, from ringer, a fast horse entered fraudulently in a race in place of a slow one (the verb to ring in this sense is attested from 1812), possibly from British ring in "substitute, exchange," via ring the changes, "substitute counterfeit money for good," a pun on ring the changes in the sense of play the regular series of variations in a peal of bells (1614). Meaning "expert" is first recorded 1918, Australian slang, from earlier meaning "man who shears the most sheep per day" (1871).
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Slang definitions & phrases for ringer

ringer

noun
  1. A person or animal substituted for another, esp a racehorse put in to run in place of an inferior beast: ''ringers,'' good horses masquerading as poor ones (1890+ Horse racing)
  2. A person who arranges the illegal substitution of a horse: the master horse ringer of them all (1890+ Horse racing)
  3. A person or thing that closely resembles another; dead ringer: With the mustache and glasses, Blackmer is a ringer for Teddy (1891+)

[fr the expression ring someone in, ''announce or herald someone'']


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