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    Chimed in

    Dear friends,
    What does "chimed in" mean here? I searched the internet but could not find anything meaningful. The context is as follows:

    "It is generally so, but not always. Some time ago, there were about twenty-seven patients here; and, of that
    number, no less than eighteen were women; but, lately, matters have changed very much, as you see."
    "Yes have changed very much, as you see," here interrupted the gentleman who had broken the shins of
    Ma'mselle Laplace.
    "Yes have changed very much as you see!" chimed in the whole company at once.

    I presume it could mean "joined, added, said" something like this.
    2015 is the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide - the first genocide of the 20th century.

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    Re: Chimed in

    Quote Originally Posted by Mher View Post
    . . . I presume it could mean "joined, added, said" something like this.
    Yes. It's a musical metaphor, like joining a "chorus" of voices.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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