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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

COMMON A whole raft of people or things is a large number of them. This is likely to affect a whole raft of consumer industries. Under Lord Cornwallis, a whole raft of legislation was brought in.
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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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Hop in our raft and find out more about life on the Dunajec in this week's episode.
Around 35 rafts are expected to start from near the Meadows from 10.30am and travel down to the weir and back.
"We're extremely pleased to have Rybrook Shrewsbury on board again this year," said Phil Gittins, Shrewsbury River Festival's raft race organiser.
An official for the Department of Homeland Security said that while some struggled to stay afloat and hug the overturned raft, others were swept downriver by the currents.
RAFT is taking place across venues in the Rhondda and showcases local talent as well as bringing in exciting and creative shows, acts, exhibitions and talks.
Date: Former cornet David Bell, who organised the race for many years, said: "We are delighted that the Annan Harbour Trust has stepped forward and the raft race will go ahead in conjunction with AROM.
In "Rafts and Other Rivercraft in Huckleberry Finn" Professor Beidler gives what will almost certainly be the last word on the vexed question of whether the lengthy "raft episode" (which was removed at the publisher's suggestion from the novel when originally published), should be restored to its original place.
To clarify the complicated behaviours of the disconnected piled raft, understanding the observed data under seismic and lateral loading is crucial.
Beyond mobility, the use of power flow in the problem of floating raft system is very valuable because it combines both force and velocity in a single quantity.
But Sam Nicholson from the group, said he was looking forward to spending time on the raft with his pals.
The volunteers from across the company, including managing director Stuart Cameron, will enter the Life Raft at 5:00pm and will remain inside until 5.00pm on Saturday.
The first raft to cross the finish line was the SS Sunwade, with the "best of the rest" award given to The Pub.
While the Lochsa season typically runs between April and mid-July, lower than average snow pack this year means the best time to raft the Lochsa is in May and June.
PARTICIPA P NTS in this year's Wellesbourne and Shakespeare Lions clubs' raft race are looking to raise more than PS10,000 for a good cause.
Reversible additional-fragmental chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization was used to synthesize RAFT-polystyrene (RAFT-PS), and initiator-transfer agent-terminator (Iniferter) polymerization was used to synthesize Iniferter-polystyrene (Iniferter-PS), which were two kinds of different macroinitiators.