"rings a bell"
something sounds familiar to you
Related words and phrases:
A student is reading a book ...
Student 1: This passage rings a bell. I think I've heard it before. Listen - "Wheresoever you go, so go I."
Student 2: Of course it sounds familiar, the professor quoted it in class last week.
Student 1: Oh, right!
Two friends are talking...
Friend 1: I saw Leonora yesterday in the mall.
Friend 2: The name rings a bell. Who is she?
Friend 1: You remember. She is an old friend who moved away ten years ago. We used to play tennis together.
Friend 2: Right! I remember her.
Two businessmen are talking ...
Businessman 1: Sales are declining and production is rising.
Businessman 2: That sounds familiar.
Businessman 1: It should ring a bell for you. It is the same situation that we experienced five years ago.
Businessman 2: Right! Of course.
Two friends are strolling through an art museum ...
Friend 1: That sculpture looks familiar.
Friend 2: Yes, it does ring a bell. Where have we seen that style before?
Friend 1: Let's take a look at the explanation card and find out.
Friend 2: Look! It was sculpted by Rodin. That's why it seems familiar.
Two computer technicians are talking ...
Technician 1: I'm having a lot of trouble getting this network running.
Technician 2: What's the matter?
Technician 1: Every time I boot up the system, I get an undefined error.
Technician 2: That rings a bell. Is it an X150 computer?
Technician 1: Yes.
Technician 2: Remember last year when we had the same issue with the same system. You need to add that line of extra code.
Technician 1: Of course!
Two friends are listening to some music ...
Friend 1: What is that music? It sounds so familiar.
Friend 2: It should ring a bell. The music was composed by an ex-member of your favorite group.
Friend 1: Really? I suppose that's why it sounds so familiar.
Having something ring a bell in your mind is usually a good indication that you are familiar with the subject.
1) His name rings a bell, even though this is my first year in the business.
2) If this rings a bell, you would be right, because you have probably heard of it before.
3) It rings a bell from a practice question I did.
4) That passage, unlikely though this seems, rings a bell. Upon consulting my books, I find it quoted, and discussed frequently.
5) It rings a bell, " I said, scouring my hypoglycemic brain for hints.
6) Come to think of it, there's something about this case which rings a bell. I think I have another family in the same borough who've experienced the same situation.
7) For some reason, your name rings a bell to my head. I can't remember exactly why but there must be a reason I remember it.
8) That video rings a bell. I've seen it somewhere before.
9) It's about explaining things in a way that rings a bell with the target audience.
10) Sometimes just an observation that rings a bell and I don't know why it rings a bell but it's worth writing down to see if it rings again.
11) The notion that he was a failed actor before becoming a writer somehow rings a bell in my mind.
12) You may not realise it but, whether the name rings a bell or not, you've probably heard London-based singer-songwriter Frank Turner in action.
13) Chances are at least some of that rings a bell.
14) A guy telling the girl' you were born for him'... rings a bell? Yep! heard this before in film songs.
15) Wow, that bathroom towels comment really rings a bell with me.
16) That name Sergio Escudero rings a bell, and it rings a bell with diving.
17) If you have read my previous columns, I am certain that name rings a bell.
18) I wonder what that means because most often nothing of what they talk about rings a bell with me.
19) I've come more for the socialising. Once they know the name it rings a bell but I have some of my Sri Lankan team-mates not recognising me.
20) It is, shall I say, a story that rings a bell in my head of the Tortoise & Hare.