There are 2 definitions of tong in English:

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Pronunciation: /tɒŋ
 
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noun

  • (In the US) a Chinese association or secret society, frequently associated with organized crime: [as modifier]: the tong wars in Chinatown
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    • 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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There are 2 definitions of tong in English:

tong2

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Pronunciation: /tɒŋ
 
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verb

[with object]
  • 1Curl (hair) using tongs: hair has been tonged at the ends for this great look
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    • The stylist suggests tonging the front section into a large wave before pinning it to the head.
  • 2Collect (oysters) using oyster tongs: Hank still finds time to tong oysters in winter

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Word of the day astrogation
Pronunciation: ˌastrəˈgāSHən
noun
(in science fiction) navigation in outer space