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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
tons
adverb
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
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▪ They must be making tons of money.
▪ About 100 tons of contaminated sediments still lie on the ocean floor.
▪ By August of 1824 the stamps were pounding away and 50 tons of concentrate were ready for market.
▪ During the course of a year, 1.1 million tons of merchandise and 800,000 head of livestock were dealt with.
▪ Meanwhile tons of sound equipment seized by police has today been reclaimed by the people who hired it out.
▪ On loan from the Mesa Southwest Museum, the exhibit includes skeletons and eggs, along with tons of other dino-type artifacts.
▪ That could lead to losses of a significant portion of the 100, 000 tons of city-generated waste handled by county landfills.
▪ The landed vehicle then offloads its 400 tons of water, leaving only 100 tons of hydrogen and oxygen in its tanks.
▪ The proposed site is reported to contain around 3.5 million tons of talc.
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▪ Ricky is tons better looking than his brother.
Wiktionary
tons

n. 1 (plural of ton English) 2 (context colloquial English) a lot; a large quantity (of something).

WordNet
tons

n. a large number or amount; "made lots of new friends"; "she amassed a mountain of newspapers" [syn: dozens, heaps, lots, mountain, piles, scores, stacks, loads, rafts, slews, wads, oodles, gobs, scads, lashings]

Wikipedia
Tons

Tons can refer to:

  • Tons River, a major river in India
  • the plural of ton, a unit of mass, force, volume, energy or power

:* short ton, 2,000 pounds, used in the United States

:* long ton, 2,240 pounds, used in countries such as United Kingdom which use the imperial system

:* metric ton, also known as tonne, 1,000 kilograms, or 2,204.6 pounds

  • slang: for many of something, "there were a ton of people at the party"
  • Tons (band), an American rock band

Usage examples of "tons".

I will authorize the use of federal funds to buy the futures for the expected surplus of fifty million tons of grain.

Now, this breaks down into goal targets of one hundred twenty million tons of wheat, sixty million of barley, fourteen million of oats, fourteen million of corn, twelve million of rye, and the remaining twenty million of a mixture of rice, millet, buck­wheat, and leguminous grams.

The other sixty percent of the Soviet crop, nigh on one hundred forty million tons, comes from the great tracts of the Virgin Lands in Kazakhstan, first put under the plow by Khrushchev in the middle fifties, and the black-earth country, butting up against the Urals.

It was agreed in scientific committee that be­cause the USSR, following the unfortunate damage through frost to the winter wheat crop, would need at least one hundred forty million tons of crop from the spring wheat plantings, it would be necessary to sow six and a quarter mil­lion tons of seed grain.

The production of the two hundred eighty tons of this chemical would take less than forty hours.

The two hundred eighty tons of new compound were all affected by the jam­ming hopper valve.

Can the Soviet Union survive for one year on no more than one hundred million tons of grain?

Even in 1975, their worst year for a decade and a half, they needed seventy million tons for the cities.

Maybe fifty million tons over domestic requirements for both us and Canada considered together.

It had also, paradoxically, sent the oil-tanker business into a seven-year decline, with millions of tons of tanker space partially built, laid up, useless, uneconomic, loss-mak­ing.

On behalf of the Soviet government he has proposed the sale by the United States to the Soviet Union by next spring of fifty-five million tons of mixed cereal grains.

Their own Con­dors and our offer to buy fifty-five million tons of grain must have told them what position we are in.

Even with probable requirements for domes­tic consumption taken care of, even with existing aid levels to the poor countries of the world maintained, the surplus would nudge sixty million tons for the combined harvest of the United States and Canada.

In his apprenticeship days, tankers had never gone beyond 30,000 tons, and it was not until 1956 that the world’s first over that tonnage took the sea.

But Komarov was forced to concede the imminent arrival of ten million tons of animal winter feed would enable him to release the same tonnage from hoarded stocks immediately, and prevent wholesale slaughter.