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hundredweight

1. Brit a unit of weight equal to 112 pounds or 50.802 35 kilograms
2. US and Canadian a unit of weight equal to 100 pounds or 45.359 24 kilograms
3. a metric unit of weight equal to 50 kilograms

hundredweight

[′hən·drə‚dwāt]
(science and technology)
Abbreviated cwt.
A unit of weight, in common use in the United States, equal to 100 pounds or the weight of 45.359237 kilograms. Also known as cental; centner; kintal; quintal; short hundredweight.
A unit of weight in common use in the United Kingdom equal to 112 pounds or to the weight of 50.80234544 kilograms. Also known as long hundredweight.
A unit of weight in troy measure equal to 100 troy pounds or the weight of 37.32417216 kilograms.
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A whole new world of tanners (sixpenny bits ), thrupenny bits, fractions, half-crowns and hundredweights beckon once again.
And those gills (which differed in different parts of the country) and quarts and stones and quarters and hundredweights (which weren't a hundred of anything).
Last year a spate of thefts from country houses in Cheshire saw statues and stone troughs, some weighing several hundredweights, disappearing overnight as thieves used heavy lifting gear attached to vehicles.
Particularly tall players have been called "permabulating lighthouses" and burlier ones "fifteen hundredweights of prime Scottish beef on the hoof".
The firm, working with a local subsidiary known as Nipuspusan International, plans to purchase 2,400 hundredweights of coffee this year, up from 400 hundredweights last year, for consumption by discriminating Japanese coffee-drinkers.