Green’s Dictionary of Slang

ding v.1

[fig. uses of 14C SE ding, to beat heavily]

1. to knock down.

[UK]Munday & Drayton Sir John Oldcastle III ii: For the credit of Dunstable, ding down the money to-morrow .
[UK]Jonson Alchemist V v: surly: Down with the door. kastril: ’Slight, ding it open.
[UK]E. Gayton Wil Bagnals Ghost 5: And well disperst it ’mongst the crew; / For he did ding it, white and blew.
[UK]J. Phillips Maronides (1678) V 61: Salias got up, mad as Weesel, / Dings a good dust at Nisus muzzle.
[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Ding c. to knock down. Ding the Cull, c. knock down the Fellow.
[UK]Poor Robin n.p.: For these the neighbours do not swagger, / Nor huff, and ding, and draw the dagger [N].
[UK] in D’Urfey Pills to Purge Melancholy I 252: And swear they’ll quickly ding the Mounsieur down.
[UK]J. Dalton Narrative of Street-Robberies 11: He should [...] give her a Slap-dash on the Shoulder with this other Hand, and ding her down on her Face.
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict.
[UK]O. Goldsmith She Stoops to Conquer Act II n.p.: If I’m to have any good, let it come of itself; not to keep dinging it, dinging it into one so [F&H].
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[US]H.H. Brackenridge Modern Chivalry (1937) Pt I Vol. I IV Bk I 304: I dinna approve o’ this dinging down the government to act against the laws.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Egan Life in London (1890) 78: Oh I took him such a lick of his mummer, and dinged his rattle clean out of his hand .
[UK]Dickens Dombey and Son (1970) 179: These were succeeded by anchor and chain-cable forges, where sledgehammers were dinging upon iron all day long.
[UK]Hotten Dict. of Modern Sl. etc.
[UK]D. Ramsey n.p.: Our meenister’s dinged the guts out of twa Bibles [F&H].
[US]Van Loan ‘“Butterfly” Boggs: Pitcher’ in Lucky Seventh (2004) 249: He must have dinged him wit’ a rock!
[US] in E. Cray Erotic Muse (1992) 329: When Julius Caesar came along, we dinged the son-of-a-bitch.

2. to break off relations with, to abandon a person.

[UK]J. Phillips Maronides (1678) VI 76: But making Horns and letting Fart, / Away she dings from old Sweet-heart.
[UK]A. Shirrefs Jamie and Bess III i: Ned is the man I doubt, / Wha lang has wanted to ding Geordy out.
[UK]Vaux Vocab. of the Flash Lang. in McLachlan (1964) 235: To ding a person is to drop his acquaintance totally; also to quit his company, or leave him for the time present.
[US]P. Munro Sl. U. 68: ding 1. to break up with, drop.

3. to act in an arrogant manner.

[UK]A. Radcliffe ‘The Ramble’ in Poems 95: In Holland, here you huff and ding.
[UK]Farquhar Beaux’ Strategem III iii: I dare not speak in the house, while that jade Gipsy dings about like a fury.
[UK]J. Arbuthnot Hist. of John Bull 37: [He] says, he did us a great deal of honour to board with us; huffs and dings at such a rate.

4. to throw away, esp. to get rid of contraband when threatened by arrest; thus dinging n.

[UK]G. Parker View of Society II 174: Dinging is a term for throwing away or hiding: – A highwayman will ding his Upper-Benjamin, his Jazey, his Sticks, his F1ogger, his Diggers, his Beater-Cases, &c. and having all these on him when he committed the robbery, is totally transformed by dinging.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue ms. additions n.p.: Ding to Throw away or hide. thus a Highwayman who throws away or hides any Apparel in which he Rob’d, to prevent being known or detected, is, in the cant language, stiled a Dinger.
[UK]Proc. Old Bailey 22 Feb. 396/2: Then he came, and said, I have dinged them [i.e. stolen papers] over the wall into the Deal-yard.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (2nd, 3rd edn) n.p.: Ding. [...] to throw away or hide: thus a highwayman who throws away or hides any thing with which he robbed, to prevent being known or detected, is, in the canting lingo, styled a Dinger.
[UK]Proc. Old Bailey 18 Feb. 393/2: The evidence, was in the room; when I went in I heard the word, ding it, come from the yard [...] I only knew it to be a flash word, meaning, to put it on one side.
[UK] ‘Teddy Blink and Bandy Jack’ No. 26 Papers of Francis Place (1819) n.p.: He dings it to his nearest pal.
[UK]Vaux Vocab. of the Flash Lang. in McLachlan (1964) 235: ding: to throw, or throw away; particularly any article you have stolen, either because it is worthless, or that there is danger of immediate apprehension. [...] to ding to your pall, is to convey to him, privately, the property you have just stolen; and he who receives it is said to take ding, or to knap the ding.
[UK]Egan Life in London (1869) 312: If your name had not been chaunted in it, it would have been dinged into the dunagan.
[UK] ‘For I Will Prig For Ever’ in Flare-Up Songster 19: Again He’ll cut a dash, / At play, or prize ring act the swell, / And ease some spooney’s slash [...] Whilst Sally’s eye / Winks soft and sly, / He dings to her the cash.
[Aus][A. Harris] (con. 1820s) Settlers & Convicts 72: I shall get out these boots and ding (throw away) mine.
[Aus]Bell’s Life in Sydney 26 Feb. 1/4: Vy I meets a bloke arter dingin the slangs.
[UK]Hotten Dict. of Modern Sl. etc.
[UK]Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 22/1: This was ‘slung’ to Joe, with the understanding that he was to go to the head of the ship and ‘ding the skin’.
[UK]Sl. Dict.
[US]Trumble Sl. Dict. (1890).
[US]A.J. Pollock Und. Speaks 31/1: Ding, to get rid of contraband (usually dope) when fearful of arrest.
[Aus]G.A. Wilkes Exploring Aus. Eng. 14: James Hardy Vaux included ding in his vocabulary of the ‘flash’ language as meaning ‘throw, or throw away’.

5. to steal by snatching, e.g. a hat.

[UK]‘Jon Bee’ Dict. of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, etc. 67: Ding — to steal by a single effort. ‘To ding a castor;’ to snatch off a hat and run with it.

6. (UK Und.) to pass to a confederate.

[UK]‘An Amateur’ Real Life in London I 131: †Ding’d away the wipe — Passed away the handkerchief to another, to escape detection.
[UK]‘Jerry Abershaw’s Will’ in Fal-Lal Songster in Spedding & Watt (eds) Bawdy Songbooks (2011) III 16: This belcher ding to Dolly, for to flash upon her breast / To remind her vhen she lifts it to her nose O!

7. to stub out.

[US]B. Appel Power-House 240: Bill dinged out his cigarette in the red metal ash-tray.

8. (US campus) to turn (someone) down, to blackball; also attrib.

[US]J.A. Shidler ‘More Stanford Expressions’ in AS VII:6 437: To ‘ding’ a man is to say that you will vote against that person.
[US] in M. Daly Profile of Youth 110: The fraternity brothers decide which five to take as pledges and which five to ‘ding out.’ A ‘ding’ is a statement by one fraternity member that he doesn’t want a particular boy in the fraternity.
[US]Banchero & Flinn ‘Sociology and College Sl.’ in AS XLII:1 57: To ding (to bung at some other colleges) ‘to blackball a rushee’.
[US]P. Munro Sl. U. 68: ding [...] 2. to refuse membership or drop from membership.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Apr. 3: ding – reject: ‘That ad firm dinged me’ [...] ‘I got a ding letter from that ad firm’.

9. to dent, to scratch; thus dinged, scratched, dented.

[UK]J. Curtis They Drive by Night 235: That there radiator ain’t half dinged.
[US](con. 1945) E. Thompson Tattoo (1977) 380: Some of the rounds had dinged his ship.
[US] W. Safire What’s The Good Word? 54: In surfboard lingo, ‘to ding’ means to nick, dent or damage.
[US]E. Little Another Day in Paradise 75: The coffee table that’s all dinged and scarred up.
[US]J. Ellroy ‘Hot-Prowl Rape-O’ in Destination: Morgue! (2004) 282: Dig that dinged-up Dodge Dart.
[US]S. King Finders Keepers (2016) 165: This was like the Titanic suddenly floating to the surface [...] dinged-up and rusty.

10. (US campus) to reject a request for a date.

[US]Baker et al. CUSS.

11. to kill, to shoot, to be shot dead; in weak use, to be wounded; thus dinged adj.

[Aus]L.D. Richards diary 2 May [Internet] The Allemandes know when we are relieved, and just let ding over the parapets, and drop them behind.
[US](con. 1969) C.R. Anderson Grunts xiv: The grunts’ greatest fear [...] was of being killed, the most common terms for which were dinged, zapped, greased, blown away, caught his lunch, and bought the ranch.
[US]L. Heinemann Close Quarters (1987) 21: I [...] drove standin’ up one-handed, dingin’ gooks with my forty-five.
[US]J. Wambaugh Glitter Dome (1982) 66: Gibson Hand went to work surveillance and drew a hot assignment and got to ding some people his first week. [Ibid.] 182: It’s one thing to be dinged in war. It’s one thing to buy it on the freeway. [...] What I mean is, it’s a rotten mean lowlife thing to be murdered. [...] In Nam I never wanted to ding someone personally.
[US](con. 1967) E. Spencer Welcome to Vietnam (1989) 61: I got one man badly dinged.
[US](con. 1967) J. Laurence Cat from Hué 442: Of all the words American troops used to describe death in Vietnam — aced, blown away, bought it, croaked, dinged, fucked up, [...] wiped out, zapped — the one I heard most was ‘wasted.’.

12. (US) to nag.

[US]Eve. Star (Wash., DC) 30 Jan. 62/1: He’s continually dinging at me about getting married, and then when I show [...] interest in anybody, there he goes kicking up the dust.

13. in fig. use of sense 1, to astonish, to amaze.

[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular 62: ding one to be astonished.

14. to smash into.

[US]T. Jones Pugilist at Rest 14: I heard the swoosh of an RPG rocket, a dud round that dinged the lieutenant’s left shoulder before it flew off into the bush behind him. It took off his whole arm.

In derivatives

dingable (adj.)

of persons or objects, worthless, to be discarded.

[UK]Vaux Vocab. of the Flash Lang. in McLachlan (1964) 235: dingable: any thing considered worthless, or which you can well spare, having no further occasion for it, is declared to be dingable. This phrase is often applied by sharps to a flat whom they have cleaned out; and by abandoned women to a keeper, who having spent his all upon them, must be discarded, or ding’d as soon as possible.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.

In compounds

ding boy (n.)

(UK Und.) a thug, esp. when he acts as a bodyguard or accomplice, providing the ‘muscle’ for a more skilful villain.

[UK]Rochester ‘Timon’ in Works (1999) 259: There were above Half-Witt and Huffe, / Kickum and Ding-Boy.
[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Ding-boy c. a Rogue, a Hector, a Bully, Sharper.
[UK]New Canting Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: ding boy, a rogue, a hector, bully, or sharper.
[UK]G. Andrewes Dict. Sl. and Cant.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]Lytton Pelham III 298: A square crib, indeed! aye, square as Mr. Newman’s courtyard — ding boys on three sides, and the crap on the fourth!
[UK]G. Kent Modern Flash Dict. 12: Ding boy, a rogue, knave, or sly fellow.
[UK]Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open.
[UK]Duncombe New and Improved Flash Dict.

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