ringer




If you enter an amateur baking contest pretending to be self-taught when you’re actually a French-trained pastry chef, you are a ringer. A ringer is a contestant who lies about his experience.

The idea of a ringer first developed in horse racing, where fast horses were sometime substituted, secretly, for slower ones — this was originally known as a “ring-in.” It’s thought to have come from the British term of the same name, which means “substitute or exchange.” Ringers are occasionally used in many different sports and competitions, in an attempt to gain a sneaky kind of advantage.

Definitions of ringer
  1. noun

    (horseshoes) the successful throw of a horseshoe or quoit so as to encircle a stake or peg

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    type of:

    throw

    the act of throwing (propelling something with a rapid movement of the arm and wrist)

  2. noun

    a person who rings church bells (as for summoning the congregation)

    synonyms:
    bell ringer, toller
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    type of:

    signaler, signaller

    someone who communicates by signals

  3. noun

    a person who is almost identical to another

    synonyms:
    clone, dead ringer
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    type of:

    double, image, look-alike

    someone who closely resembles a famous person (especially an actor)

  4. noun

    a contestant entered in a competition under false pretenses

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    type of:

    fake, faker, fraud, imposter, impostor, pretender, pseud, pseudo, role player, sham, shammer

    a person who makes deceitful pretenses

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