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consume mass quantities

To eat, drink, or otherwise consume large amounts of something. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. Large family holidays are all typified by consuming mass quantities of food and alcohol. As the largest economy on the planet, our prerogative seems to be to consume mass quantities of the Earth's resources.
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mass destruction

Widespread death and devastation. If they launch a nuclear attack against us, it will cause mass destruction.
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be a mass of (something)

To be covered with or blanketed in something. I have so much work to do that my desk is just a mass of paperwork right now.
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be a ˈmass of something

be full of or covered with something: The garden was a mass of flowers.
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Some of this decrease may have been attributable to the disruption of the fabled "French [heroin] connection" by various foreign governments in the summer of 1972; Massing downplays this cops-and-robbers development, presumably because it is slightly inconvenient to his argument.
When a drug survey showed casual drug use was declining while hardcore use was soaring, Bennett took it "like a punch in the stomach," according to an aide quoted by Massing.
As Massing points out, this still put high school marijuana use at less than half what it had been during the hedonistic late 1970s.
Today, Massing writes, the United States has 10 times as many hardcore drug users as it had when Richard Nixon became president in 1969.
The historical and literary evidence Massing has assembled here is clear but the text around this catalogue is at once curiously old-fashioned and unwelcoming.