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Ring a Bell

Something that’s familiar, reminding or remembering something; recalling your deeper memories

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  • This is an American phrase that originated in 20th that is primarily associated to ringing of bells for reminders. If a doorbell rings then opening the door is the next response that comes up in the mind. Similarly, telephone bell suggests picking up the phone whereas school bells remind an individual to come to the class. Moreover, toaster bell indicates to take the toast out of the toaster. Thus, if any number, name, date, time or face ‘rings a bell’ in your mind then it’d allow you to remind something.
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Alex was unable to recall his childhood but a few names of his childhood that surely rings a bell.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

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ring a bellTo seem at least vaguely familiar.
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