(A). A blow. To ding it in one's ears. To repeat
a subject over and over again; to teach by repetition.
To strike. (Anglo-Saxon dencg [an]
to knock strike beat.)
Hence “ding-dong” as “They were at it ding-dong.”
The butcher's axe like great Achilles' bat
Dings deadly downe ten-thousand-thousand flat.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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