One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a bell) make a deep resonant sound.ring, peal, toll, soundView synonyms
1The deep, resonant sound of a large bell.
toll, tolling, ringing, chime, clang, peal, stroke, resounding, reverberation, clangour, boomView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘The loud dong caused Donnie to sit up and rub his eyes.’
- ‘An elegant ding dong, dang dong rang throughout the house, and a small mouse of an old woman answered it curiously.’
- ‘When the cuckoos, dings, and dongs finally stopped Fred settled back into his chair and turned on his laptop.’
- ‘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 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.’
- ‘The Wicked Witch - ding, dong - isn't dead anymore.’
- ‘The grandfather clock in the corner of the room announced the arrival of midnight with twelve, hollow dongs.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Ding, dong… I rang the doorbell and sat on the swinging chair on their patio.’
2vulgar slang A penis.
Late 16th century: imitative.
The basic monetary unit of Vietnam, equal to 100 xu.
- ‘There are now 17, with a combined market value of 2.7 trillion 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 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.’
- ‘He apparently paid 500,000 dong a month in exchange for the documents' procurement.’
- ‘Poultry farmers said they got compensation of 15,000 dong for each destroyed duck, which cost 40,000 dong to raise.’
- ‘For example, they were only given 100,000 dong for working on Chinese New Year and 50,000 dong for overtime worked in December.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘When I went to collect my 25,000 dong I was told to come back later.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘For example, in Vietnam, $1 equals 15,700 dong.’
- ‘And the dollar, which has risen 3% over the past six months against the dong, definitely goes far.’
- ‘In December, Vietnam will host the 22nd version of the South-East Asian Games, which is exacted to cost Vietnam about 411 billion dong.’
- ‘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.’
From Vietnamese dông ‘coin’.
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