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 definition


  1. n.
    the penis. (Usually objectionable.) : He held his hands over his ding-dong and ran for the bedroom.
  2. n.
    a stupid person of either sex. : You silly ding-dong! Try again.
  3. mod.
    damned. (A euphemism.) : Get your ding-dong junk outa my way!
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Example sentences
The annual ding-dong over bank bonuses is under way.
But behind this entertaining ding-dong is an argument about the whole of government's reform of secondary education.
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