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].
[Aus]Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 31 Aug. 6/2: [headline] Doherty Dinged.
[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.
[US]L. Berney Gutshot Straight [ebook] .

2. to break off relations with, to abandon a person; this to cease an action.

[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.
[Aus]Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 3 Feb. 3/4: ‘You’d better ding that [behaviour]. That’s Starlight, the fighting man and he'd think nothing of giving you a wipe across the jaw if you rouse hlm’.
[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.
[Scot]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]Lex. Balatronicum [as cit. 1796].
[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.
[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. (UK Und.) to pass to a confederate.

[UK] ‘Teddy Blink and Bandy Jack’ No. 26 Papers of Francis Place (1819) n.p.: He dings it to his nearest pal.
[UK]Kentish Wkly Post 12 Sept. 2: [A] constable searched her, but did not find the property [i.e. a stolen wallet] , which it was very clear she ha dinged to her pals (given to an accomplice).
[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!
[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.

6. 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.

7. (US) to nag, to repeat in an irritating manner.

[US]Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 2 Dec. 7/3: I've heerd nothing but marry, marry, for the last week [...] It’s a plenty bad to have a hundred clerks dingin’ it in your ears without their puttin’ up strangers to it.
[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.

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

[Aus]L.D. Richards diary 2 May 🌐 The Allemandes know when we are relieved, and just let ding over the parapets, and drop them behind.
(con. 1965-66) P. Caputo Rumor of War 250: ‘Don’t you know it, asshole. It’s your mother.’ ‘Then I’m your son, and if you get dinged, I’ll be an orphan’.
[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.’.

9. (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’.

10. 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]J. Ellroy Suicide Hill 240: The dispatch room was a bullet-wasted ruin [...] the plastic desk dinged and cracked from ricochets.
[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.
[US]D. Winslow ‘The Last Ride’ in Broken 295: [T]he Border Patrol [...] was always looking for female agents, even if they were a little dinged.
[Ire]L. McInerney Rules of Revelation 243: Now there was a car with a dinged bumper parked in front.

11. to stub out.

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

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

[US]Baker et al. CUSS.

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.

S.M. Charnas Bronze King 1: Something hard and small dinged me on the forehead, just over my left eye.
[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.

15. (US und.) to kidnap, to abduct.

[US]L. Berney Gutshot Straight [ebook] Moby put the word out and the Armenians dinged you.

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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