tonk (plural tonks)

  1. (derogatory) (slang) Term used, primarily by US immigration officials in informal settings, to describe an illegal immigrant of any country.
    • 1990: United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on the Judiciary, Confirmation Hearings on Federal Appointments: Hearings Before the Committee - An agent, Larry Moy, when asked to define the derivation of the term “tonk,” replied: “...it"s the sound of flashlight hitting somebody"s head, tonk". [This "derivation" is incorrect - see Etymology]
    • 1998: Cirenio Rodriguez & Enrique T Trueba, Leadership, education and political action, in Ethnic Identity and Power: Cultural Contexts of Political Action in School and Society - "Catch as many tonks as you guys can. Safely. An alien is not worth busting a leg."
    • 2005: EMF (poster on The QandO Blog in response to Illegal immigration made easy, read at [[1]] on 27 May 2006) - The pissed off Arizona land owner who snipes the tonks with a high powered rifle.

4 letters in word "tonk": K N O T.

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