- 1 [in singular] British A fierce argument or fight: they had a bit of a ding-dongMore example sentences
- In June there was a bit of a ding-dong when it turned out that thousands of customers were still waiting for their upgrade for the company's workstations.
- The team-mates, who played in the same position, then had a bit of a ding-dong.
- It's not a full-blown ding-dong, but a mid-level verbal skirmish, the sort of thing that lies behind many a loving relationship.
- 2 • dated A riotous party.More example sentences
- The moment Portsmouth clinched promotion to the Premiership at the end of last season, football supporters started positively salivating at the prospect of some good old, traditional south coast ding-dongs.
- I suspect that presidential-style debates will irritate many viewers, especially those who are touchy about seeing the schedules knocked around to accommodate vote-for-me ding-dongs.
- 3North American A silly or foolish person.More example sentences
- After all, who else deserves public recognition for dealing with those ding-alings, dingbats, and ding-dongs who dial you for answers to really dumb questions.
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- 2 [as adjective] British • informal (Of a contest) evenly matched and hard fought: the game was an exciting ding-dong battleMore example sentences
- An incredible ding-dong match - the lead changed hands seven times - played out in front of full, noisy stands showed that rugby league was back in York with a bang louder than the fireworks that greeted the players.
- Three hundred and ten riders, representing 31 nations, are entered across the three disciplines, with cross country arguably offering spectators the best prospect of a ding-dong battle among the leaders.
- In the first-half, it was hardly a see-saw, ding-dong cup battle - City's excellently organised defence and master-plan saw to that - but it was intriguing all the same.
mid 16th century: imitative.
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