Dead Ringer Meaning / Etymology
We get asked about our name heaps, and it completely baffles people when English isn’t their first language!
Dead Ringer is an idiom in English. It means “an exact duplicate” and derives from 19th-century horse-racing slang for a horse presented “under a false name and pedigree”; “ringer” was a late nineteenth-century term for a duplicate, usually with implications of dishonesty, and “dead” in this case means “precise”, as in “dead centre”.
What Dead Ringer means to us!
Its an old-country term around racing horses. A slightly off-beat reference to mischievous gamesmanship, tall-tales, taverns & local people backing the underdog. It’s also memorable, a little unconventional and you don’t have to spell it for people!