give someone a ring

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Pronunciation[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

Verb[edit]

give someone a ring (third-person singular simple present gives someone a ring, present participle giving someone a ring, simple past gave someone a ring, past participle given someone a ring)

  1. Become engaged.
  2. Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see give,‎ ring.

Etymology 2[edit]

From the sound of older telephones receiving a call not yet answered.

Alternative forms[edit]

Verb[edit]

give someone a ring (third-person singular simple present gives someone a ring, present participle giving someone a ring, simple past gave someone a ring, past participle given someone a ring)

  1. (idiomatic) To place a telephone call to someone.