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Syllabification: tong
Pronunciation: /tôNG, täNG
 
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noun

A Chinese association or secret society in the US, frequently associated with underworld criminal activity.
Example sentences
  • The struggle for control of these illicit businesses also gave rise to frequent intrigues, violence, and political corruption and to sensational press coverage of the so-called tong wars.
  • I guess what I'm saying is we can complain all we want about the tong culture and how the rule of law can be a joke in this country, but we have to start somewhere if we want to fix things.

Origin

late 19th century: from Chinese (Cantonese dialect) t'ōng, literally 'meeting place'.

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tong2

Syllabification: tong
Pronunciation: /täNG
 
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verb

[with object]
Collect, lift, or handle (items such as logs or oysters) using tongs.

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