ring a bell

Meaning(s)

1. sound familiar or remind someone of something

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Professional

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Social

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the name does/doesn't ring a bell

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The idiom 'to ring a bell' or 'ring a bell with someone' means to sound familiar or to remind someone of something or to awaken a memory somewhere in someone's mind. This is an informal expression you might use more in conversation.

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  1. Sorry, I'm afraid I don't remember you and your name isn't ringing any bells either, where did you say we met before?
  2. I met a man outside the shop yesterday who says he knows you. Does the name 'Kevin Myers' ring a bell? Apparently you both went to the same school.
  3. Mary's description of the place really rings a bell. I must have been there before!

Check Icon Professional Examples (Basic)

  1. The name of that company rings a bell with me but I couldn't give you any details about them.
  2. Their account was the one we had a payment issue with back in January, does that ring a bell?

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