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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR RING OUT

The college bell was beginning to ring out as they entered the schoolroom.

She snatched the ring out of the pocket of her gown and clutched it in her hand.

Every moment she expected an alarm to ring out in the silent night.

How could she possibly get the ring out of pawn without any money to redeem it?

You had better let me get the ring out of pawn for you, miss.

So he got the ring out, and, standing near this bridge, dropped it.

Are these the welcomes, The Bells that ring out our rewards?

And so speaking, the Captain held the ring out for me to see it.

So he pulled the ring out of his vest and laid it on the table under the lamp.

Each syllable seemed to ring out with a bell-like clearness.

WORD ORIGIN

"circular band," Old English hring "small circlet, especially one of metal for wearing on the finger or as part of a mail coat; anything circular," from Proto-Germanic *khrengaz (cf. Old Norse hringr, Old Frisian hring, Danish, Swedish, Dutch ring, Old High German hring, German Ring), literally "something curved," from PIE *skrengh- nasalized form of (s)kregh-, from root *(s)ker- "to turn, bend," with wide-ranging derivative senses (cf. Latin curvus "bent, curved," crispus "curly;" Old Church Slavonic kragu "circle," and perhaps Greek kirkos "ring," koronos "curved").

Other Old English senses were "circular group of persons," also "horizon." Meaning "place for prize fight and wrestling bouts" (early 14c.) is from the space in a circle of bystanders in the midst of which such contests once were held, "... a circle formed for boxers, wrestlers, and cudgel players, by a man styled Vinegar; who, with his hat before his eyes, goes round the circle, striking at random with his whip to prevent the populace from crowding in" [Grose, 1788]. Meaning "combination of interested persons" is from 1829. Of trees, from 1670s; fairy ring is from 1620s. Ring finger is Old English hringfingr, a compound found in other Germanic languages. To run rings round (someone) "be superior to" is from 1891.

Nursery rhyme ring a ring a rosie is attested in an American form (with a different ending) from c.1790. "The belief that the rhyme originated with the Great Plague is now almost universal, but has no evidence to support it and is almost certainly nonsense" ["Oxford Dictionary of English Folklore"]. This proposal of connection dates only to the late 1960s.

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