Green’s Dictionary of Slang

ding-dong n.5

[image of noise]

1. (UK prizefighting) a lively exchange of blows.

[Aus]Bell’s Life in Sydney 31 May 1/6: Ding-dong. Noon pinked Massey artistically, but he would not be denied [...] Ding-dong was the order of the day.

2. a serious argument, a fight .

[Aus]Dead Bird (Sydney) 22 Mar. 6/3: At it they go; a regular ding-dong, no time nor rules taken notice of. They fight five rounds.
[Ire]Joyce Ulysses 260: Afternoon. Yes, she was back. To the old dingdong again.
[UK]G. Ingram Cockney Cavalcade 142: I’ve been having a ding-dong with my old man.
[US]H.S. Thompson letter 29 Jan. in Proud Highway (1997) 435: Until you can swallow the real dingdong – my best advice would be to forgo Mailer’s technique.
[UK]R. Rendell Best Man To Die (1981) 93: They had a bit of a ding-dong, Mr. and Mrs.
[Aus]R. Beckett Dinkum Aussie Dict. 19: Ding dong: An imprompu and spontaneous bout of fisticuffs involving a large number of participants of either sex.
[UK]Indep. Rev. 12 July 1: We have quite a ding-dong about whether animals can suffer as humans can.
[UK]Z. Smith White Teeth 20: If he’d played his cards right instead of starting a ding-dong, he might have had free love and bare breasts all over the gaff.
(also dinger)

3. (orig. Aus.) an automobile.

[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 7 Oct. 1/1: A motor-driving professional man has a new lurk for evading the vigilant [because] the presence of his ding-dong outside the pub gave its owner’s whereabouts away.
Stix & M. Dargg ‘It’s Cracking’ [lyrics] Fuck the opps, in that dinger whip.
67 ‘Live Corn’ [lyrics] 3 litre ding-dong skidding round the hill / Swammy on deck and we’re lurking for a kill.
150 ‘4 Door Truck’ [lyrics] Got my young G's out in the dinger skeng moving like mad Max (skeng).

4. a noisy party or other gathering .

[Ire]Joyce Ulysses 159: Gasballs spinning about, crossing each other, passing. Same old dingdong always.
[US](con. 1910–20s) D. Mackenzie Hell’s Kitchen 118: Ding dong ... sing-song, a party.
[UK]Mass-Observation Report on Juvenile Drinking 11: A girl says to another boy and girl (all about 18) ...he’s home on leave soon. We’ll have to arrange a ding dong somewhere.
[UK]F. Norman in Sun. Graphic 20 July in Norman’s London (1969) 19: I [...] asked the governor [...] what he thought about the annual ding-dong.
[UK] (ref. to 1930s–70s) R. Barnes Coronation Cups and Jam Jars.
[UK]S. Berkoff West in Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 100: Let’s make a ding-dong at Dave’s pad to celebrate this plan.
[UK]Guardian Guide 1–6 Jan. 18: Big up to everyone who went clubbing on NYEY2K and made it such a mental booyaka ding dong.