- the sound of a bell.
- any similar sound of repeated strokes.
- Slang. ding-a-ling.
- characterized by or resembling the sound of a bell.
- marked by rapid alternation of retaliatory action: a ding-dong struggle.
Origin of ding-dong
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Examples from the Web for ding-dong
I called it “ding-dong diplomacy”; Governor Richardson wisely pointed out that “basketball diplomacy” is better than none.Pyongyang Primer: Kenneth Bae Comes Home
November 15, 2014
Now we'll see a ding-dong finish, if the Black doesn't show a streak of yellow.Thoroughbreds
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Bradbury and Evans are going at it, ding-dong, and are wild with excitement.The Letters of Charles Dickens
Cal was to stay and guard the camp with Ding-dong for a companion.
Ding-dong, who didn't object to the luxuries of life, sighed.
But Ding-dong, though deliberate in his speech, was quick in action.
- the sound of a bell or bells, esp two bells tuned a fourth or fifth apart
- an imitation or representation of the sound of a bell
- a violent exchange of blows or words
- (as modifier)a ding-dong battle in the board room
- sounding or ringing repeatedly
C16: of imitative origin; see ding 1
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