: to dwell on with tiresome repetition
keeps dinging it into him that the less he smokes the better—Samuel Butler †1902
: a sharp ringing sound
heard the ding of the timer
: an instance of minor surface damage (such as a dent)
: to strike or knock against
: to cause minor surface damage to
: to do harm to
… has struggled of late to win customers back after reports of a norovirus outbreak … circulated in July, once again dinging the chain's reputation.—Sarah Whitten If they don't hit the mark, their review, pay, and chances at promotion get dinged.—Nanette Byrnes et al.
: to cause a usually minor injury to
On Jan. 20, Joel Embiid dinged his knee in a game against the Portland Trail Blazers. The ever-cautious Sixers held the big man out of the next two games with what was described as a "left knee contusion."
: to penalize or criticize
Joseph's time hasn't been without some controversy, including recently when the state dinged the district for starting the year with several administrators not holding Tennessee teaching and administrative licenses.—Jason Gonzales Historical accounts dinged the Cadburys for not doing enough to help with cocoa worker conditions and slavery in Africa.—Michael S. Rosenwald
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