Pronunciation: (ring'ur), [key]
1. a person or thing that encircles, rings, etc.
2. a quoit or horseshoe so thrown as to encircle the peg.
3. the throw itself.
4. Also,ring'ers.Also called ring taw. Marbles.a game in which players place marbles in a cross marked in the center of a circle, the object being to knock as many marbles as possible outside the circle by using another marble shooter.
5. Australian.a highly skilled sheep shearer.


Pronunciation: (ring'ur), [key]
1. a person or thing that rings or makes a ringing noise: a ringer of bells; a bell that is a loud ringer.
2. See dead ringer.
3. Slang.
a. a racehorse, athlete, or the like entered in a competition under false representation as to identity or ability.
b. a student paid by another to take an exam.
c. any person or thing that is fraudulent; fake or impostor.
d. a substitute or addition, as a professional musician hired to strengthen a school orchestra: We hired three ringers for the commencement concert.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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