In 2011, the wires were clogged with stories of a potential Peace Prize gong for Julian Assange.
She was tasked by Kofi Annan to be a United Nations Messenger of Peace, an appropriately meaningless, but distinguished, gong.
When Jagger finally got his gong in 2002, Prince Charles stood in for his mother.
c.1600, from Malay gong, probably imitative of its sound when struck. As a verb from 1903.
[both senses probably fr gong, ''saucer-shaped metal bell,'' of Malayan origin; the sense ''opium pipe'' may be related to the general association of gongs with Chinese matters, and the military sense to the notion that a decoration is something like the ceremonial sounding of a gong]