ring out

ring out

  1. To sound very loudly.
    Suddenly, a shot rang out and someone screamed.
    • 1987, The Pogues - Fairytale of New York
      The boys of the NYPD choir
      Were singing "Galway Bay"
      And the bells were ringing out
      For Christmas day
    • 1922, Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room Chapter 3
      A terrifying volley of pistol-shots rings out—cracks sharply; ripples spread— silence laps smooth over sound
  2. (telephony) To make a phone call from an internal phone system to a general telephone network number.
    You can ring out if you dial 9 first and wait for the tone before dialling the number.
    • 1894, United States. Congress, Congressional Record: Proceedings and Debates of the Fifty-Third Congress, Second Session (volume 26, part 7, page 6484)
      By section 7 a penalty is provided for any “ringing out” of contracts for future delivery.
    • 2003, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History (volume 5, page 388)
      On the CBOT, ringing out was voluntary, while on the New York Cotton Exchange, it was compulsory.

ring out (plural ring outs)

  1. (video games) A win in a fighting game obtained by throwing one's opponent out of the arena.
    • 2003, Michael Lummis, Soul Calibur II Official Fighter's Guide Limited Edition (page 105)
      Even when Heihachi doesn't score a ring out with these combos, almost half of an enemy's health disappears […]

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