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ding-dong

[ding-dawng, -dong] /ˈdɪŋˌdɔŋ, -ˌdɒŋ/
noun
1.
the sound of a bell.
2.
any similar sound of repeated strokes.
3.
Slang. ding-a-ling.
adjective
4.
characterized by or resembling the sound of a bell.
5.
marked by rapid alternation of retaliatory action:
a ding-dong struggle.
Origin of ding-dong
1550-1560
1550-60; gradational compound based on ding, apparently blend of din1 and ring2
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Examples from the Web for ding dong
Historical Examples
  • He's a fourteen pound better horse than ding dong ever was; a handicapper would separate them that much on their form.

    Bulldog Carney W. A. Fraser
  • Waster can trim ding dong to a certainty at a mile and a quarter.

    Bulldog Carney W. A. Fraser
  • The air knows all, the wind repeats all, and the bell understands their speech, and rings it forth to the whole world—'ding dong!

    The Sand-Hills of Jutland Hans Christian Andersen
  • Civilities and cigars exchanged: "Bon jour," "Gooten daeg:" then at it again, ding dong all down the line blazing and roaring.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • Suddenly a sound of bells broke the stillness ling, lang, ding dong.

  • Ding—dong, ding—dong, rang the bells up above, but the noise of battle did not penetrate here.

    Banzai! Ferdinand Heinrich Grautoff
  • Anywhere near alike in condition Waster was a fourteen-pound better horse than ding dong.

    Bulldog Carney W. A. Fraser
  • I see corn growin' on banana threes; I see th' gloryous heights iv ding dong that ar-re irradyatin'.

    Mr. Dooley's Philosophy Finley Peter Dunne
  • Ding—dong, ding—dong, went the bells as the captain left the church, deeply affected.

    Banzai! Ferdinand Heinrich Grautoff
  • He'll make it for a mile, or a mile-and-a-quarter, 'cause ding dong could stay that distance pretty well himself.

    Bulldog Carney W. A. Fraser
British Dictionary definitions for ding dong

ding-dong

noun
1.
the sound of a bell or bells, esp two bells tuned a fourth or fifth apart
2.
an imitation or representation of the sound of a bell
3.
  1. a violent exchange of blows or words
  2. (as modifier): a ding-dong battle in the board room
adjective
4.
sounding or ringing repeatedly
Word Origin
C16: of imitative origin; see ding1
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Word Origin and History for ding dong

imitative of the sound of a bell, c.1560.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for ding dong

ding-dong

adjective

Vigorous and spirited; knock-down-drag-out •Used adverbially, ''with a will,'' by 1672: A ding-dong battle is in prospect (1870+)

noun

  1. An eccentric person; ding-a-ling1, nut (1920s+)
  2. The penis; dong: couldn't find his own ding-dong if you told him to look between his legs/ Forget his ding-dong. Think of it as a technically superior game (1940s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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