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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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She said the participants will be facilitated to experience the best guides, rafting equipment and refreshments.
The UAE National Rafting Team is being sponsored by Wadi Adventure and is undergoing rigorous training at the Wadi Adventure facility in Al Ain.
City rescue teams stood by, acting as support groups, while tour operator Kagay Journey-White Water Rafting and Kayaking directed the rescue and, later, retrieval efforts.
The Dalaman river on which the Potters were rafting is a grade four river which, in Britain, would only be recommended for children aged 12 and older, who were also strong swimmers because of its dangerous nature.
All-Star Outfitters charges $55 per person for a 2 1/2-hour rafting trip that includes a shuttle.
After a mini course on safety and rafting procedures, we climbed into two large orange rubber rafts.
Several small rafting companies provide tourists with white water rafting recreation during the non-winter months.
The cases occurred among participants in 12 of 90 trips conducted by 16 rafting companies during the 3-week period.
Leah and I decided to take our 11-year-old niece, Ariana, and her 7-year-old fraternal twin brothers, Aidan and Jeremy, to Yosemite National Park, followed by a daylong trip rafting on the South Fork of the American River.
Of all the tours offered to visitors to Jamaica, one of the most unusual is bamboo rafting.
WHITEWATER RAFTING AT CANOLFAN TRYWERYN Prices range from the basic Raft Experience, costing pounds 25 per person for 40 minutes on the water, to the two-hour Raft Extravaganza, where up to seven can hire a raft for up to pounds 280, and get in about four runs.
The ride is fire, but for some real whitewater rafting, give northern Maine a try, and you may get an environmental education as part of the bargain.
The next phase of Bednarik's rafting experiments has moved to Europe.
But the rafting adventures alone are by far the business's greatest success: Last summer NAC took 30,000 customers out for whitewater excitement.