a raft of

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a (whole) raft of (something)

A very large number or collection of people or things. We had a whole raft of problems on opening night, but I think most of the issues have been resolved. While the film has been receiving positive reviews from critics, there's a raft of fans who are upset with the way it turned out.
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a (whole) raft of —

a large collection of something.
Raft here is an alteration of a dialect word raff , meaning ‘a great quantity’.
1998 Housing Agenda Since the election of Labour last May, the social inclusion agenda has come to span a whole raft of Government initiatives.
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The French painter Theodore Gericault captured this moment in his monumental historical painting The Raft of the Medusa, 1818.
Eduard was planning to build a trans-Pacific raft of his own.
The Callao port captain refused to authorize the departure of one giant raft of inflated inner tubes and another buoyed by flour sacks full of ping-pong balls.
At the end of the fourth month, they built an escape raft of spars and empty tanks, with a big box to hold their failing commander.