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His ringer pointed to the last five words under the bar of music.

If the ringer was late the prentice boys reminded him pretty plainly.

He knew that he had only to hold up his ringer and say, “Watch, Moses!”

Let them study the words “ringer” , “linger” , and “ginger” .

Mrs. Stanton, but you are so confounded clever you might run in a "ringer."

He's the only shearer we have, so we tell him he's the ringer of the shed.

We presume that depended, to some extent, on the fancy of the ringer.

This is called a "ringer" and counts ten, but it is a rare shot.

Suddenly a guy in the crowd yells out: 'That feller's a 'ringer.'

"If he wins we'll know he's a ringer," Joe replied complacently.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., "one who rings" (a bell), agent noun from ring (v.1). In quoits (and by extension, horseshoes) from 1863, from ring (v.2). Especially in be a dead ringer for "resemble closely," 1891, from ringer, a fast horse entered fraudulently in a race in place of a slow one (the verb to ring in this sense is attested from 1812), possibly from British ring in "substitute, exchange," via ring the changes, "substitute counterfeit money for good," a pun on ring the changes in the sense of play the regular series of variations in a peal of bells (1610s). Meaning "expert" is first recorded 1918, Australian slang, from earlier meaning "man who shears the most sheep per day" (1871).

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