To sound familiar
The name rings a bell. Isn’t he an English teacher?
4 ring a bell informal if something rings a bell, it reminds you of something, but you cannot remember exactly what it is :
Her name rings a bell but I can’t remember her face.
ring a ˈbell idiom
(informal) to sound familiar to you, as though you have heard it before
> His name rings a bell but I can't think where we met.
Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary - 4th Edition
ring a bell ( also ring any bells )
C2 to sound familiar:
The name rang a bell but I couldn't remember where I had heard it before.
No, I'm sorry, that description doesn't ring any bells with me.
ring a bell informal : to be familiar
• Yes, that name rings a bell.
• The term didn't ring a bell with me.