There are 2 definitions of ringer in English:

ringer1

Line breaks: ring¦er
Pronunciation: /ˈrɪŋə
 
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noun

  • 1 informal An athlete or horse fraudulently substituted for another in a competition or event: it was discovered that the winning horse was a ringer
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    • But far from exposing Jeffy once they have discovered his secret, his fellow athletes decide to enlist the ringer in a bid to beat the arrogant champion.
    • Hey, at least he spotted the ringers, which was more than Security did.
    • It didn't take the Army long to figure out that they had a ringer in their midst.
  • 1.1A motor vehicle whose identity has been fraudulently changed by the substitution of a different registration plate: the patrol was told the van was a ringer
  • 1.2A highly proficient person brought in supplement a team or group: officials had packed the squad with ringers
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    • With more teams popping up and ringers being fought over, some sort of order would have to be instituted.
    • I don't really understand how Victory dropped the ball on this one, but I guess they needed to make a bit of money for once and thought it was time to bring in some ringers.
    • In order to win a bet with the rival nuclear facility, he hires several professional baseball players as ringers.
  • 2 (also dead ringer) informal A person or thing that looks very like another: he is a dead ringer for his late papa
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    • Nils Hognestad as Desmond is a bit of a ringer for Prince William and manages an impressive degree of bumbling charisma.
    • Farmiga, a ringer for a young Faye Dunaway, won an acting award at the close of the festival.
    • Would his concentrated attention have anything to do with the fact that she is a striking brunette, considered by some to be a ringer for Monica Lewinsky?
  • 3A person or device that rings something.
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    • In the distance, church bells rang out as a team of ringers sought perfection through incessant practise.
    • The ringer is great - very loud and supplemented with a vibrate.
    • It was used for gatherings of staff and family at Christmas and New Year, with traditional entertainments provided by the Ackworth mummers and parish hand-bell ringers.
  • 4Australian /NZ A shearer with the highest tally of sheep shorn in a given period: Des, the ringer with a small comb, is out of work
    [ late 19th century: special use of dialect ringer 'something exceptionally good']
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    • Shearers are paid per sheep shorn and typically shear about 100 per day, although a top shearer or ‘ringer’ (the fastest shearer in the shed) can shear between about 200 and 300 a day.
  • 5Australian A stockman, especially one employed in droving: ringers on the seven stations branded 30,057 calves
    [ early 20th century: from ring 'turn (a group of cattle) back on itself, work as a drover']
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    • I started as a ringer when I was 15 on Epsilon Station near Cameron’s Corner in Queensland’s far south west.

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There are 2 definitions of ringer in English:

ringer2

Syllabification: ring·er
Pronunciation: /ˈriNGər/

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noun

  • 1In certain games, a tossed object that encircles its intended target, in particular.
  • 1.1A tossed horseshoe that encircles the stake: you never forget the sound of your first ringer
  • 1.2A tossed quoit that encircles the peg.
  • 2A game of marbles in which the target marbles are placed in the center of a circular area.

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