ring out

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ring out (third-person singular simple present rings out, present participle ringing out, simple past rang out, past participle rung out)

  1. To sound very loudly.
    Suddenly, a shot rang out and someone screamed.
    • 1987, The Pogues - Fairytale of New York
      The boys of the NYPD choir
      Were singing "Galway Bay"
      And the bells were ringing out
      For Christmas day
    • 1922, Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room Chapter 3
      A terrifying volley of pistol-shots rings out—cracks sharply; ripples spread— silence laps smooth over sound
  2. (telephony) To make a phone call from an internal phone system to a general telephone network number.
    You can ring out if you dial 9 first and wait for the tone before dialling the number.


ring out (plural ring outs)

  1. (video games) A win in a fighting game obtained by throwing one's opponent out of the arena.
    • 2003, Michael Lummis, Soul Calibur II Official Fighter's Guide Limited Edition (page 105)
      Even when Heihachi doesn't score a ring out with these combos, almost half of an enemy's health disappears []