ding dong

ding-dong

[ding-dawng, -dong]
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:
1550–60; gradational compound based on ding, apparently blend of din1 and ring2

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ding-dong
 
n
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.  a.  a violent exchange of blows or words
 b.  (as modifier): a ding-dong battle in the board room
 
adj
4.  sounding or ringing repeatedly
 
[C16: of imitative origin; see ding1]

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