ring false

idiom

: to sound false
Her explanation rang false.

Examples of ring false in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The movie spends so much time trying to reclaim her as wholesome (loves her nan, doggedly monogamous, wants children) that her transgressive streak and naughty sense of humor ring false. Jason P. Frank, Vulture, 8 May 2024 At Thursday’s city council meeting, Lucas said apologizing to Butker would ring false when the city has yet to apologize for more harmful actions. Ilana Arougheti, Kansas City Star, 24 May 2024 Sure, the framing device, involving a P.I. (Kevin Kline) and an angel of death (Virginia Madsen), is a little contrived, and Garrison Keillor’s avuncular drawl may ring false to today’s ears. August Brown, Los Angeles Times, 13 Oct. 2023 Leyla’s gentle insistence that her lifelong friend can confide in her begins to ring false, and Taroon can’t bear to have a keeper, so old habits of rebellion against a know-it-all sister may doom him. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 6 Dec. 2021 Former and current Corrections employees say these recruiting efforts are too little, too late — and ring false given the dire situation inside. Dan Harrie, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 Dec. 2022 But Kim’s attempts to out-flank Raths on the right may ring false with some voters. Los Angeles Times, 27 May 2022 And given the hypernaturalistic trappings, some details ring false. New York Times, 24 Apr. 2022 For us, however, those ringing words ring false. Michael Bérubé, The New Republic, 21 Mar. 2022

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“Ring false.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ring%20false. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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