chime in

chime in


  • to interject a remark
  • to interrupt or intervene
  • to interpose or cut in
  • to break in or join the group unwelcomely by expressing agreement or voicing an opinion that was not asked for
  • to join a conversation by agreeing with the people talking
  • agree with each other, or is suitable for that situation

Example Sentences

  1. The family always chimes in with the others so they never feel like they have joined the social network from out of town.
  2. It is good to chime in with the others when going out for dinner.
  3. I cannot just chime in when I do not even know what you have been talking about.
  4. Rebecca often chimes in conversations which seem relevant to her business.
  5. At the office party, she just chimes in with people and has a good time. This is in spite of her not knowing many people there.
  6. My husband’s views often chime in with what the newspapers report the next day about political parties. He is quite intuitive about such things.
  7. This building is not going to chime in with it echo-friendly surrounding.
  8. The views of my sister Freya on the issue chime in with the newspaper columnist’s stand.


The phrase comes from middle or old English phrase “chyme belle” which refers to ringing bells. The literary origin can be traced back to the 15th century.

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