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A ton is equivalent to 970.2 kg in the United States and 1,016.06 kg in the United Kingdom.
ton
noun
1. (unit of weight) 
a. la tonelada (F) 
Police have arrested eight people and siezed 1.5 tons of cocaine.La policía detuvo a ocho personas e incautó 1.5 toneladas de cocaína.
2. (colloquial) (a lot) 
a. el montón (M) (colloquial) 
We could avoid a ton of problems by just giving her what she wants.Podríamos evitar un montón de problemas si le damos lo que quiere ya.
3. (slang) (unit of velocity) (United Kingdom) 
a. 100 millas por hora 
That guy who overtook me must have been doing a ton.Ese tipo que me adelantó ha debido estar yendo a 100 millas por hora.
ton
Noun
1. (weight) 
a. la tonelada (aproximada) (F) 
2. (idioms) 
a. no direct translation (colloquial) 
this suitcase weighs a tonesta maleta pesa un quintal or una tonelada
3. (colloquial) 
tons of…montones de…
4. (colloquial) 
he'll come down on you like a ton of brickste va a poner a caldo
ton [tʌn]
noun
1 (weight) tonelada (f) Brit = 1016.06kg; Can, US etc. = 907.20kg; (Brit = 1016.06kg; Can, US etc. = 907.20kg)
metric ton tonelada (f) métrica = 1.000kg; (= 1.000kg) this cargo weighs 1,000 tons esta carga pesa 1.000 toneladas; a three-ton lorry un camión de tres toneladas
to weigh a ton pesar un quintal (informal)
this suitcase weighs a ton esta maleta pesa un quintal (informal)
to come down on sb like a ton of bricks echar una bronca descomunal a algn
2
tons of sth montones (m) de algo (informal); we have tons of it at home en casa lo tenemos a montones (informal); we have tons of time nos sobra tiempo; tenemos tiempo de sobra
3 (Aut) (100mph) velocidad (f) de 100 millas por hora
to do a ton ir a 100 millas por hora
4 (Cricket) (100 runs) cien carreras (f)
He reached his ton from 71 balls with 11 fours and four sixes
Phrases with "ton"
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sin ton ni son 
for no reason at all 
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