One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The sounding of a bell or some other direction given for the raising of a theatre curtain.
2The act of calling someone by telephone.
3The recording of a sale on a cash register or other device or system.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Charles Dickens (1812–1870), novelist. From ringing + up. With sense 1 compare ring. With sense 2 compare ring. With sense 3 compare ring.
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