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for To ring the bells backward
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Ring \Ring\ (r[i^]ng), v. t. [imp. Rang (r[a^]ng) or Rung
(r[u^]ng); p. p. Rung; p. pr. & vb. n. Ringing.] [AS.
hringan; akin to Icel. hringja, Sw. ringa, Dan. ringe, OD.
ringhen, ringkelen. [root]19.]
1. To cause to sound, especially by striking, as a metallic
body; as, to ring a bell.
2. To make (a sound), as by ringing a bell; to sound.
The shard-borne beetle, with his drowsy hums,
Hath rung night's yawning peal. --Shak.
3. To repeat often, loudly, or earnestly.
To ring a peal, to ring a set of changes on a chime of
To ring the changes upon. See under Change.
To ring in or To ring out, to usher, attend on, or
celebrate, by the ringing of bells; as, to ring out the
old year and ring in the new. --Tennyson.
To ring the bells backward, to sound the chimes, reversing
the common order; -- formerly done as a signal of alarm or
danger. --Sir W. Scott.
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