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ring a bell

something that rings a bell sounds familiar to you, although you cannot remember the exact details

Persian equivalent: 

The name rings a bell. Isn’t he an English teacher?

No, I'm sorry, that description doesn't ring any bells  with  me.

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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

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.

Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary

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.

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Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

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.


ring a bell

a) To seem at least vague ly familiar .
His face rings a bell. I wonder if I know him from somewhere.
b) To spark a previously forgotten memory .

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