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Topic: COLOURS AND SOUNDS

Date: 1500-1600
Origin: From the sound

ding-dong

noun
     
ding-dong
1 [uncountable]CD the noise made by a bell
2 [singular] British English spoken a noisy argument:
They were having a real ding-dong in the kitchen.
3 [countable] American English spoken a stupid person
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