One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1no object (of a bell) make a deep, resonant sound.‘cows with bells about their necks which donged as they moved’ring, peal, toll, soundView synonyms
2Australian NZ informal with object Hit or punch (someone)‘the publican gives young Annie Lang a pat on the bottom but she dongs him a beauty’
strike, slap, smack, cuff, punch, beat, thrash, thump, batter, belabour, drub, hook, pound, smash, slam, welt, pummel, hammer, bang, knock, swat, whip, flog, cane, sucker-punch, rain blows on, give someone a beating, give someone a drubbing, give someone a good beating, give someone a good drubbing, box someone's earsView synonyms
- ‘‘In your dreams’ she stated superiorly and picked up the pillow, donging him over the head with it.’
- ‘She shouted and she donged him on the head.’
- ‘I realised I had actually made it when, a few weeks back, I was donged on the head by a film crew's sound man as it was chasing me down the corridor.’
- ‘He hit a slicer this year that veered over the fairway and nearly donged an old duckie two fairways away.’
1The deep, resonant sound of a large bell.
toll, tolling, ringing, chime, clang, peal, stroke, resounding, reverberation, clangour, boomView synonyms
- ‘The loud dong caused Donnie to sit up and rub his eyes.’
- ‘We lay for a while before starting breakfast, warm in our bags, savouring the view and at the same time listening to the donging reverberations of a bellbird calling his good-morning song.’
- ‘The Wicked Witch - ding, dong - isn't dead anymore.’
- ‘The result is that between us George and I create a formidable dialectic; out of our dings and dongs there emerges, eventually, the noble synthesis of truth.’
- ‘The grandfather clock in the corner of the room announced the arrival of midnight with twelve, hollow dongs.’
- ‘The first person was down, with the last dong ringing in their ears, so we climbed the 69 steps of a very narrow staircase to the top of the tower and was rewarded with some nice views.’
- ‘Annabelle finished the sonnet with one soft rippling sound on the higher notes and then a single dong of two of the lowest.’
- ‘He suddenly awoke when he heard 3 dongs of the town's bell that meant trouble.’
- ‘When the cuckoos, dings, and dongs finally stopped Fred settled back into his chair and turned on his laptop.’
- ‘An elegant ding dong, dang dong rang throughout the house, and a small mouse of an old woman answered it curiously.’
- ‘Ding, dong… I rang the doorbell and sat on the swinging chair on their patio.’
2Australian NZ A blow; a punch.
blow, hit, knock, thump, thwack, box, jab, fist, cuff, clip, smash, slam, welt, straight, uppercut, hook, body blowView synonyms
- ‘Or what about his three-run dong against Atlanta earlier this year in a crucial game for first place?’
3vulgar slang A man's penis.
Late 16th century: imitative.
The basic monetary unit of Vietnam, equal to 100 xu.
- ‘Though it was only 10,000 dong for the ride, I'm not sure how much it would have been for him to tuck me in to bed.’
- ‘For example, in Vietnam, $1 equals 15,700 dong.’
- ‘There are now 17, with a combined market value of 2.7 trillion dong.’
- ‘When I went to collect my 25,000 dong I was told to come back later.’
- ‘Though the government has pumped hundreds of billions of dong into uplands development - and aid workers strive to boost literacy, vocational skills and agricultural production - such efforts have proved inadequate.’
- ‘Prior to his son's wedding, his boss had told people that the wedding would be held at a luxury hotel in the capital and that guests should come bearing gifts of at least 300,000 dong each.’
- ‘You can chase dollars and dong and churn out press releases and all the rest of it but if you don't spend time with the kids then you might as well be back home.’
- ‘And it's all for a nominal fee - 900 dong for the first minute and 300 dong for each additional minute when calling the operators or a flat 300 dong a minute when connecting to the automated numbers.’
- ‘Regardless of how much you had, each family was allowed to exchange only up to 200 new dong - at a usury rate of 500 to 1.’
- ‘In December, Vietnam will host the 22nd version of the South-East Asian Games, which is exacted to cost Vietnam about 411 billion dong.’
- ‘After trying several times to mime a blow-drier being applied to my clothes and getting blank stares back, I plonked down 15,000 dong (about a dollar) and reached for the drier myself.’
- ‘And the dollar, which has risen 3% over the past six months against the dong, definitely goes far.’
- ‘For example, they were only given 100,000 dong for working on Chinese New Year and 50,000 dong for overtime worked in December.’
- ‘Poultry farmers said they got compensation of 15,000 dong for each destroyed duck, which cost 40,000 dong to raise.’
- ‘He apparently paid 500,000 dong a month in exchange for the documents' procurement.’
- ‘According to the report, he said the project will cost about 82 billion dong (5.85 million dollars) and will be covered by the budgets of the central and local governments.’
From Vietnamese dông ‘coin’.
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