“People ran up tons and tons of money—about $12,000,” he says.
The bow of the USS New York was made with 7.5 tons of steel from the World Trade Center.
“They have tons of literature on why certain things are good for you and what they offer,” she says.
late 14c., tonne, unit for measuring the carrying capacity of a ship, originally "space occupied by a tun or cask of wine," thus identical to tun (q.v.). The two words were not differentiated until 1680s. The measure of weight is first recorded late 15c.; the spelling ton is from 1530s, and became firmly established 18c.