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 for To ring the changes upon
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.
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     2. To make (a sound), as by ringing a bell; to sound.
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              The shard-borne beetle, with his drowsy hums,
              Hath rung night's yawning peal.       --Shak.
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     3. To repeat often, loudly, or earnestly.
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     To ring a peal, to ring a set of changes on a chime of
        bells.
  
     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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