Definition of ring-in in English:



Australian, NZ
  • 1A horse or an athlete fraudulently substituted for another in a competition or event.

    ‘a horse that had been racing as a ring-in’
    • ‘You'd get ring-ins like grade players and boxers.’
    • ‘Like every racecourse, there were fixers, riggers, ring-ins, commentators, punters, triers, chancers, long-shots, favourites, colourful racing identities, union bosses and plenty of crooks.’
    1. 1.1A person or thing that is not a genuine member of a group or set.
      ‘are you a fair dinkum pom or a ring-in?’
      • ‘Our soldier was a ring-in, one of the show fighters playing the part of the local.’
      • ‘What I wasn't aware of was that he was also a first gamer playing as a ring-in, and he had no idea who he was supposed to be.’
      • ‘It looked the business anyway - you'd have no idea it had been thrown together over a frenetic weekend by a bunch of enthusiasts and ring-ins.’
      • ‘Conscious that I was possibly a ring-in, an inauthentic reader, not ‘general’ enough, the question of audience kept niggling at the back of my mind as I read McClanahan's guide.’
      • ‘I even played a few songs in a band so I could feel like less of a ring-in!’