Green’s Dictionary of Slang

gong n.2

[? transliteration of a Chinese word]
(US drugs)

1. [1910s–50s] an opium pipe.

2. [1930s–50s] opium.

3. [1970s+] marijuana.

In compounds

gong-kicker (n.)

1. [1930s–70s] (US, also gong-beater) an opium smoker.

2. [1950s] a marijuana smoker.

In phrases

bang the gong (v.)

[late 19C–1940s] (US drugs) to smoke opium.

beat the gong (v.)

[1930s–60s] (drugs) to smoke opium.

hit the gong (v.) (also hit the gonger)

[1930s+] (drugs) to smoke opium.

kick the gong around (v.)

1. [1910s–1970s] (US drugs, also boot the gong around, kick it around, kick the gonger around, …the pipe around, ...the rag around, ...the toy around) to use drugs, esp. opium, heroin or morphine.

2. [1940s+] (US) to gossip, to chat.

3. [1940s+] (orig. US black) in fig. use, to fool around.

4. [1950s] (US drugs, also boot the gong around) to smoke marijuana.

5. [1970s+] (US) to masturbate.

6. (US) to act energetically.