One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘Next, Afridi swept one powerfully over midwicket, and later in the same tonked one over wide long-on.’
- ‘He tonked the third ball he faced in international cricket into the stands over long-on, and followed that up with a bludgeoned straight drive that gave mid-off no chance.’
- ‘Now, however, the first day is actually strokemaking prime-time, with the ball coming nicely onto the bat, begging to be tonked for four.’
- 1.1 Defeat heavily; trounce.‘Villa were tonked by local rivals Birmingham City’
- ‘I decided to have a cup of tea and watch England get tonked by India in the cricket instead.’
- ‘They began by tonking Ecuador 9-1 and finished by hammering Paraguay 7-0 in the final.’
- ‘After last year's debacle, when she was tonked by little known Jelena Dokic in the first round, the only way is up for Hingis at Wimbledon.’
- ‘Even if they are tonked, the fixture will gladden hearts in a few towns in Patagonia, where descendants of Welsh settlers still speak Welsh and hold eisteddfods.’
- ‘England have tonked the West Indies for their first series victory in the Caribbean for 36 years.’
- ‘Last year they absolutely tonked us there, 6-2.’
- ‘I certainly got tonked game after game, albeit by a stronger player.’
- ‘Ivory Coast may well tonk Holland today.’
- ‘While Banstead were being tonked by league leaders Reigate Priory, Cheam also lost to last season's champions Wimbledon to claim the second relegation spot.’
- ‘Birmingham have gone and got tonked by Spurs and that shows you what football is all about at this level.’
- ‘It's all Chelsea at the moment and has been since I said they were going to get tonked.’
Early 20th century: imitative of the sound of a powerful blow reaching its target.
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