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Ring the Changes

Definition of the verb Ring the Changes

What does Ring the Changes mean as a doing phrase?


  1. To make patterned sound sequences on bells, starting and ending on the same tone.
  2. To run through possible variations.
  3. [slang, UK, 19th century and earlier] To substitute bad money for good.
  4. [UK] To enliven by varying combinations.

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Google previewSlang. A dictionary of the turf, the ring, the chase, the pit, of bon-ton, and the varieties of life, forming the completest and most authentic lexicon balatronicum ... of the sporting world, etc (1823)

by Jon BEE (pseud. [i.e. John Badcock.])

' Ring the changes'—changing of good money for bad, by hackney-coachmen, 148 RID—RIN.

Google previewSportman's Slang; a New Dictionary of Terms Used in the Affairs of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase and the Cock-pit; with Those of Bon-ton and the Varieties of Life (etc.) (1825)

by John Bee

r “Ring the changes'— changing of good ...

Google previewThe Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms (1993)

by Elizabeth McLaren Kirkpatrick, C. M. Schwarz

ring the changes to use, do etc a small number of things in a variety of ways: ...

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of Idioms (2005)

by Judith Siefring

ring the changes:seeCHANGE. ring down ( orup) the curtain mark the end (or the beginning) of an enterprise or event. The reference here is to the ringing of a bell rinderpest ring.

Google previewThe Dictionary of ClichŽs (2013)

A Word Lover's Guide to 4,000 Overused Phrases and Almost-Pleasing Platitudes by Christine Ammer

ring the changes, toTotry every possible variation in doing or saying something. The termrefersto the ancient English art of changeringing, in which aseries oftuned church bells arerungin as manydifferent sequencesaspossible. Depending on the number ofbells, agreat many changes are possible—for example, 720 with six bells.

Google previewAn Asperger Dictionary of Everyday Expressions (2007)

by Ian Stuart-Hamilton

* Ring the changes Make alterations. The phrase comes ...

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