tons of

tons of (people or things)

informal A very large amount of people or things. There are still tons of things we need to get done before the product will be ready to launch. Tons of tourists start pouring into the city just before the festival each year.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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But you eat about two hundred pounds of vegetables and two hundred pounds of meat a year--which means you consume one hundred tons of water in the vegetables and one thousand tons in the meat--which means that it takes eleven hundred and one tons of water each year to keep a small woman like you going."
So he told another courtier to go to the Simpleton with the command that he and his comrades were instantly to eat up twelve oxen and twelve tons of bread.
Why, it would take us a year, possibly our whole lives, to eat up twelve oxen and twelve tons of bread.'
Then twelve roasted oxen and twelve tons of bread were brought alongside of the ship, and at one sitting the glutton had devoured it all.
Ten tons of sulphuric acid and ten tons of iron filings, were put on board for the future production of the hydrogen gas.
And farmed it he had, for twenty years, shrewd, cool-headed, sober, industrious, and thrifty, rising from ship's boy and forecastle hand to mate and master of sailing-ships and thence into steam, second officer, first, and master, from small command to larger, and at last to the bridge of the old Tryapsic--old, to be sure, but worth her fifty thousand pounds and still able to bear up in all seas, and weather her nine thousand tons of freight.
"One hundred and forty-nine tons of sand on her tail."
In Packingtown the fertilizer is pure, instead of being a flavoring, and instead of a ton or so spread out on several acres under the open sky, there are hundreds and thousands of tons of it in one building, heaped here and there in haystack piles, covering the floor several inches deep, and filling the air with a choking dust that becomes a blinding sandstorm when the wind stirs.
The amount of fuel sold in the first half of 2019 included 466,396 tons of diesel fuel, 76,632 tons of biogasoline, 44,861 tons of diesel fuel for farming, 32,182 tons of petroleum, 22,304 tons of car gas, 15,159 tons of fuel gas and 8,793 tons of gasoline.
tons of soya, 6,937 tons of corn oil and 3,308 tons of spar were transported via Batumi port to Azerbaijan in January-June 2019," added the source.
Kyrgyzstan exported 297.8 tons of meat: 278 tons of lamb to Iran and 20 tons of poultry meat to Uzbekistan in 8 months of 2018.
Iraq has about 90 tons of gold, Kuwait 79 tons, followed by Egypt with a reserve of 77 tons.
Around 4.7m tons of petrol were used in FY15, in which Punjab's share was 3.3m tons, followed by 943,845 tons in Sindh, 285,499 tons in KP and 110,115 tons in Balochistan.
Urea availability during Kharif 2016 is estimated at 3.999 million tons comprising 1.2 million tons of left over stocks, and local production of 2.8 million tons.