ding-a-ling


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ding-a-ling

 (dĭng′ə-lĭng)
n. Informal
A person who is scatterbrained or eccentric.
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ding-a-ling

n
1. Brit a slang word for telephone1
2. Brit a slang word for bell11
3. informal US a foolish person
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ding-a-ling

(ˈdɪŋ əˌlɪŋ)

n. Informal.
a stupid, foolish, or eccentric person.
[1930–35; rhyming compound imitative of a bell]
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ding-a-ling

noun
Slang. A person regarded as strange, eccentric, or crazy:
Informal: crank, loon, loony.
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ding-a-ling

[ˌdɪŋəˈlɪŋ] N
1. [of bell, telephone] → tilín m
2. (US) → bobo/a m/f
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ding-a-ling

n
Klingeling nt; (= fire engine)Tatütata nt
(US inf: = fool) → Depp m (inf)
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Ding-a-Ling was absolute filth, but knowing and laughout-loud funny with it, much like Bumbum Tam Tam, while a closing salvo of 16 Shots and Hutton' Me wee soaring blasts of Jamaican melodies and very British beats.
There is a folksy, rural feel to Feed (think Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall relocating to Levy and opening a cafe) with leafy vines hanging from the light fittings, chunky wooden tables and the nostalgic ding-a-ling of a bell on the door.
CHUCK BERRY Letter to BBC director general Sir Charles Curran, January 1, 1973: "Now that the controversy over the pop record 'My Ding-A-Ling has died down, we feel it important that you should understand our reasons for criticising the Top of the Pops presentation of the disc.
"The only thing that Chuck and I used to laugh about before he went, unfortunately his biggest record was 'My Ding-a-Ling,'" Richards added, laughing.
To put it bluntly, it singles you out as a Class A ding-a-ling.
MARY Whitehouse tried in 1972 to get Chuck Berry's novelty song My Ding-a-Ling banned from the BBC.
Write me to say what you think of this list, and remember that ding-a-ling is hyphenated.
1972 NOVELTY record My Ding-A-Ling proved the only number one hit for American performer Chuck Berry.
1972: IF you were tuning into Top Of The Pops or Radio 1 this week in 1972, you would have found 50s rock and roller Chuck Berry back in the chart at number one with My Ding-A-Ling, the ultimate double entendre song!
Chuck Berry:"One teacher told us of how she found a class of small boys with their trousers undone, singing My Ding-a-Ling and giving it the indecent interpretation.
Paul would like to think he'd go and investigate, but he used to sleep naked and I'd be like, 'Dude, if somebody breaks in, are you really going to go out with your ding-a-ling? That's not very intimidating for an intruder.' So now he sleeps with his underwear on.
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