ring hollow


: to seem untruthful or insincere
Their promises ring hollow.
His apology rang hollow.

Examples of ring hollow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Today, that concept might ring hollow in some ways. Vahe Gregorian, Kansas City Star, 5 May 2024 Such pleas ring hollow while military aid keeps flowing. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, 12 Mar. 2024 The Biden administration’s strategy of seeking to cut deals to normalize relations between Israel, Saudi Arabia and other Middle East autocracies and garner a commitment to a future Palestinian state will ring hollow as long as Washington continues to fuel Israel’s brutal war in Gaza. William Hartung, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 The robotic and programmed words of politicians ring hollow and don’t work. Doris Bittar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Oct. 2023 And the warnings about flawed A.I. systems issued last year may ring hollow this year, now that GPT-4 is capable of getting passing grades at Harvard. Kevin Roose, New York Times, 24 Aug. 2023 This phenomenon is similar to what occurred in the Soviet Union in the 1970s and 1980s, when the spirit of 1917 began to ring hollow on account of the hypocrisy of its champions. Michael R. Pompeo, Foreign Affairs, 15 Oct. 2018 But some of those promises ring hollow, advocates say, or have been hard to maintain in a competitive marketplace. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, 30 July 2023 Attempts to update its central fable into a commentary on gentrification ring hollow; so does the toxic romance between Luis and Dolores. Alison Herman, Variety, 7 July 2023

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“Ring hollow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ring%20hollow. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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