One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Knowledgeable about performance in a ring, especially a boxing ring. Also as noun with the and plural concord: people knowledgeable about such matters as a class.
2Skilled in the art and tactics of boxing or wrestling.
In a ring, so as to form a ring or rings.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News. From ring + wise<br>late 16th century; earliest use found in Raphael Holinshed (c1525–?1580), historian. From ring + -wise.
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