Idiom of the Week: Ring a Bell

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Meaning: To sound familiar; to remember something, but maybe not very well

Examples:

“Do you know Felipe Sanchez?” “The name rings a bell.”

“Don’t remember? Well, I’ll read some addresses and you tell me if any of them ring a bell.”

She asked me if I had ever studied past perfect tense and I told her it rang a bell.

 

Pop Quiz:

Which of following might ring a bell?

A. The keys to your apartment.

B. The name of a movie.

C. Your cell phone.

To see the correcting answer, click on “Continue reading”:

The correct answer is B. If someone says the name of a movie and you think maybe you’ve seen it, it would then ring a bell.

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