- a former state in N French Indochina, now part of Vietnam.
- Gulf of, an arm of the South China Sea, W of Hainan. 300 miles (485 km) long.
Also Tongking, Ton·king [ton-king, tong-] /ˈtɒnˈkɪŋ, ˈtɒŋ-/.
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“Because Eric Frein was arrested tonight, the children can go on and have Halloween tomorrow,” Tonkin noted.
Tonkin said he expected Frein to be brought before a judge sometime on Friday, which happens to be Halloween.
Think military advisors, the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution and mission creep.Obama’s Syrian “Red Line” Could Return Us To The Mistakes of Iraq
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Conspiracy theorists muttered about a Gulf of Tonkin situation where a naval incident could be a pretext for wider hostilities.Shocking Gulf Firefight Caught on Tape
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The risk was great, but Tonkin was accustomed to risks, and prompt to act.Deep Down, a Tale of the Cornish Mines
Tonkin is the largest producer, and grows the best varieties.All About Coffee
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In 1899 he published his experiences in Trois Colonnes au Tonkin.
His appeal had no immediate result, and he then prepared to return to Tonkin, but he received an order to go elsewhere.
He set sail again, but was driven ashore on the Island of Formosa and never reached Tonkin.
- a former state of N French Indochina (1883–1946), on the Gulf of Tonkin: forms the largest part of N Vietnam
- Gulf of Tonkin an arm of the South China Sea, bordered by N Vietnam, the Leizhou Peninsula of SW China, and Hainan Island. Length: about 500 km (300 miles)