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be down on (one) like a ton of bricks

slang To punish someone swiftly and harshly. Mom will be down on you like a ton of bricks if you come home past curfew again. When I was caught cheating on a test, the principal was down on me like a ton of bricks.
See also: brick, down, like, of, on, ton

weigh a ton

To be extremely heavy. Most often refers to something that must (and can feasibly) be handled by hand, as opposed to something that actually weighs a ton or more. Greg, go get your brother to help us lift this thing. It weighs a ton!
See also: ton, weigh

come down on (one) like a ton of bricks

slang To punish someone swiftly and harshly. Mom will come down on you like a ton of bricks if you come home past curfew again. When I was caught cheating on a test, the principal came down on me like a ton of bricks.
See also: brick, come, down, like, of, on, ton

hit (one) like a ton of bricks

To have a sudden and significant impact on one. The news that my cousin had died really hit me like a ton of bricks.
See also: brick, hit, like, of, ton

like a ton of bricks

With a sudden and significant impact. Mom will come down on you like a ton of bricks if you come home past curfew again. News that my daughter had cheated on her test hit me like a ton of bricks.
See also: brick, like, of, ton

come down like a ton of bricks

1. To fall or collapse violently and often unexpectedly. We must have been missing some screws when we built the bookshelf because it just came down like a ton of bricks!
2. slang To punish someone swiftly and harshly. When I was caught cheating on a test, the principal came down like a ton of bricks on me.
See also: brick, come, down, like, of, ton

a shit ton

rude slang A huge amount (of something). I'm sorry, I can't come on the trip this weekend. I've got a shit ton of work to catch up on. You're going to be in a shit ton of trouble if you get caught. Of course he sold out—the studio dumped a shit ton of money at his feet.
See also: shit, ton

a metric shit ton

rude slang A staggeringly huge amount (of something). I'm sorry, I can't come on the trip this weekend. I've got a metric shit ton of work to catch up on. You're going to be in a metric shit ton of trouble if you get caught. Of course he sold out—the studio dumped a metric shit ton of money at his feet.
See also: metric, shit, ton

*like a ton of bricks

Inf. like a great weight or burden. (*Typically: fall ~; hit ~; hit someone ~.) Suddenly, the truth hit me like a ton of bricks. The sudden tax increase hit like a ton of bricks. Everyone became angry.
See also: brick, like, of, ton

tons of something

lots of something. We got tons of fried chicken, so help yourself. You are in tons of trouble.
See also: of, ton

like a ton of bricks

Very heavily, without subtlety. For example, If he doesn't like your work, he'll come down on you like a ton of bricks. This expression, often coupled with come down on (def. 1), replaced the earlier thousand of brick or hundred of brick. The allusion in all these is to the considerable weight of such a load. [Early 1900s]
See also: brick, like, of, ton

come down on someone like a ton of bricks

If you come down on someone like a ton of bricks, you punish them very severely. If you do something awful they all come down on you like a ton of bricks. The committee will come down like a ton of bricks on any company that deceives its customers. Note: You can also say that someone will be down on you like a ton of bricks. If I owed them any money, they'd be down on me like a ton of bricks.
See also: brick, come, down, like, of, on, someone, ton

like a ton of bricks

Like a ton of bricks is used to show that something happens very suddenly and forcefully. By mid-July, the dangers had hit Bobby like a ton of bricks. She was twenty when Orpen met her and he fell for her like a ton of bricks. Note: The metric measurement tonne is occasionally used instead of ton. Then reality hit her like a tonne of bricks.
See also: brick, like, of, ton

come down like a ton of bricks

exert crushing weight, force, or authority against someone. informal
See also: brick, come, down, like, of, ton

be/come down on somebody like a ton of ˈbricks

(informal) criticize somebody angrily because they have done something wrong: The first time I made a mistake, he came down on me like a ton of bricks.If I find anyone drunk in this factory I’ll be down on them like a ton of bricks.
See also: brick, come, down, like, of, on, somebody, ton

weigh (half) a ˈton

(informal) be very heavy: These suitcases weigh a ton! What have you got in them? OPPOSITE: (as) light as air/a feather
See also: ton, weigh

like a ton of bricks

mod. like something very ponderous and heavy. Hitting the back end of that truck was like hitting a ton of bricks.
See also: brick, like, of, ton

tons of something

n. lots of something. We got tons of fried chicken, so help yourself.
See also: of, something, ton

like a ton of bricks, (come down)

Very heavily, unsubtly. This expression originated in early nineteenth-century America as “a thousand of brick,” presumably because bricks in such quantity were more commonly counted than weighed. “If folks is sassy, we walk right into ’em like a thousand o’ brick,” wrote Caroline Kirkland (Forest Life, 1842). Sometime in the early twentieth century it was replaced by ton, which has survived. Thus, to come down on like a ton of bricks means to reprimand or punish severely. This colloquialism dates from the first half of the 1900s. The novelist Graham Greene used it in Brighton Rock (1938): “If there’s any fighting I shall come down like a ton of bricks on both of you.”
See also: like, of, ton
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The tailings from the old Lakeshore Mine have a head grade of .08 ounces of gold per ton.
The Lingman Lake prospect further north of Red Lake, which is being developed by Twin Gold Mines and Agassiz Resources, has reserves indicated in three zones - 1.043 million tons at .22 ounces per ton, 931,300 tons at .238 ounces per ton and 685,600 tons at .276 ounces per ton.
Reserves on the Creek Zone of 1.1 million tons of ore grading at .184 ounces of gold were identified in 1989 diamond drilling.
The Steel Recycling Institute's statistics for ferrous scrap processed in 2004 indicate that the composition of the tons recycled in 2004 contained almost 35 percent more obsolete scrap than in 1980.
At press time, LME was reporting inventory stocks falling even lower, to less than 4,500 metric tons, the lowest level since the early 1990s.
In Sindh Province 0.361 million tons wheat had present in surplus and target of purchasing wheat fixed 1.20 mt but it purchased 1.399 million tons.
This year, production of 800 tons of cocoons is expected.
Meantime, private companies' production of round bar and galvanized sheet reached 2.12mln tons and 738,800 tons respectively.
According to the official, the state-owned corporation has to pay around Rs.10 billion for purchase of 0.2 million tons of sugar which will take the total cost of sugar operation to Rs.32billion this year as it had already purchased around 478,000 tons from domestic mills and made payment of Rs22 billion.
During the first 5 months of the current Iranian year started on March 21, Iran has imported 3 million tons from the United Arab Emirates (2.368 million tons), Turkey (174,000 tons), Turkmenistan (54,000 tons), the Netherlands (38,000 tons), Singapore (169,000 tons), Oman (69,000 tons), Saudi Arabia (29,000 tons), France (69,000 tons), Russia (10,000 tons) and India (34,000 tons).
Of some 24 million tons annually of currently known global investment in additional paper making capacity using recycled fiber for the period 2005-2009, nearly two-thirds (or close to 16 million tons) is planned for China.
Clamp-size range: 1100 to 4000 tons (custom sizes to 6600 tons)
Consumption of paper and board in China reached 45 million metric tons in 2003, and is expected to grow rapidly, perhaps reaching nearly 70 million metric tons by 2010, according to one estimate.
Total synthetic rubber consumption is expected to increase by approximately 69,000 metric tons by the end of 1998, a 3% increase over the 2.3 million metric tons shipped in 1997.
Exports from Japan totalled 24,195 tons and [yen]46.9 billion last year, an increase of 4% in tons and 6.1% in yens from 1996.