ring the changes
or ring changes phrasal to run through the range of possible variations

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • ring the changes — ► ring the changes vary the ways of doing something. [ORIGIN: with allusion to the different orders in which a peal of bells may be rung.] Main Entry: ↑change …   English terms dictionary

  • ring the changes — phrasal or ring changes : to run through the whole range of possible variations : reiterate in exhaustive variety of expression rings the changes on possible meanings of words David Daiches clever at ringing the changes with a black frock and a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • ring the changes — {v. phr.} To say or do the same thing in different ways; repeat the same idea in many ways. * /David wanted a new bicycle and he kept ringing the changes on it all day until his parents got angry at him./ * /A smart girl saves money on clothes by …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • ring the changes — {v. phr.} To say or do the same thing in different ways; repeat the same idea in many ways. * /David wanted a new bicycle and he kept ringing the changes on it all day until his parents got angry at him./ * /A smart girl saves money on clothes by …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • ring\ the\ changes — v. phr. To say or do the same thing in different ways; repeat the same idea in many ways. David wanted a new bicycle and he kept ringing the changes on it all day until his parents got angry at him. A smart girl saves money on clothes by learning …   Словарь американских идиом

  • ring the changes — to make major changes to something Let s ring the changes and repaint the whole house …   English dictionary

  • ring the changes — British & Australian to make something more interesting by changing it in some way. Bored with your old look? Ring the changes with our new look hairstyles and make up! …   New idioms dictionary

  • ring the changes — idi a) to ring variations on a set of bells b) to range through the possible variations of something …   From formal English to slang

  • ring the changes — Meaning Origin From the practice of bell ringing. A different pattern of the order of striking the bells is called a change …   Meaning and origin of phrases

  • ring the changes — vary the ways of doing something. [with allusion to the different orders in which a peal of bells may be rung.] → change …   English new terms dictionary

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