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1 a person who rings church bells (as for summoning the congregation) [syn: toller, bell ringer]
2 a person who is almost identical to another [syn: dead ringer, clone]
3 a contestant entered in a competition under false pretenses
4 (horseshoes) the successful throw of a horseshoe or quoit so as to encircle a stake or peg

User Contributed Dictionary



From ring.



  1. Someone who rings, especially a bell ringer.
    19th century - Jean Ingelow - The Brides of Enderby
    Pull, if ye never pull'd before;
    Good ringers, pull your best," quoth he.
  2. In the game of horseshoes, when the horseshoe lands around the pole.
  3. A person, animal, or entity which resembles another so closely as to be taken for the other. (Now usually in the phrase dead ringer)
  4. a stockman; a drover
  5. A person highly proficient at a skill or sport who is brought in, often fraudulently, to supplement a team.

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See also

ringer in German: Ringer
ringer in French: Ringer

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