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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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To estimate total mussel raft biomass, a crane scale was used to measure dropper weights throughout the raft in the water, and then in the air, and samples from different sites and times of year yielded a general relationship:
Examples of this style life raft are the Survival Products 4-Man Basic (12 pounds), Revere Aero Compact 4-person (15 pounds), EAM-5 4-5-person (20.
After the first raft was in the water we watched as one survivor was secured to the ship with a rope and swam the 20 yards to hop in the raft as the others retrieved him.
The new RAFT cell culture insert Kit, containing 48 individually packaged RAFT absorbers, can be used with ThinCert(Greiner Bio-One) or Millicell (Millipore) 24-well cell culture inserts, together with RAFT reagents and the TAP Biosystems plate heater.
It is believed they had got into difficulty and abandoned the raft, deciding to walk.
If your raft isn't one of the larger ones with a nice big, solid ladder, you might find it difficult to get in with your vest inflated.
Retired scientist Clive Craik and retired biology teacher Rob Lightfoot built the rafts on Loch Creran, Argyll, because mink have decimated so many land-based tern colonies.
The right raft for you will have space for the maximum number of people you're likely to have aboard for an offshore foray.
A more realistic moment, shear and axial force distributions in the superstructure due to deformation of the raft will result in realistic use of concrete and steel.
As soon as I get in, I heard the impact -- boom -- big impact, and I heard her screaming," said Jean Pierre Joseph, referring to the 80-pound raft that landed on her home in the 14000 block of Northeast 10th Court in Miami.
He added: "They hold the raft race every year to help raise money and it gets bigger and bigger.
Despite only managing seventh place as part of the charity's raft team, chief executive Mike Walsh, said: "It was a wonderful day's fun and entertainment and everyone has had a great time raising lots of money to help care for patients across Cardiff.
But Sam Nicholson from the group, said he was looking forward to spending time on the raft with his pals.
AN "EXCELLENT" turnout graced this year's Great Strait Raft Run, which took place on the Menai this afternoon.
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.