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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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George Raft

slang A draft of air. The phrase comes from rhyming slang in which "George Raft" rhymes with "draft." (George Raft was a US actor in the 1930s.) Primarily heard in UK. Can we switch seats? There's a George Raft over here, and I'm freezing!
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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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Cutting the great cable into pieces, such as I could move, I got two cables and a hawser on shore, with all the ironwork I could get; and having cut down the spritsail-yard, and the mizzen- yard, and everything I could, to make a large raft, I loaded it with all these heavy goods, and came away.
Thou art not worth to me - no, not the taking off the ground; one of those knives is worth all this heap; I have no manner of use for thee - e'en remain where thou art, and go to the bottom as a creature whose life is not worth saying." However, upon second thoughts I took it away; and wrapping all this in a piece of canvas, I began to think of making another raft; but while I was preparing this, I found the sky overcast, and the wind began to rise, and in a quarter of an hour it blew a fresh gale from the shore.
However, I made me a table and a chair, as I observed above, in the first place; and this I did out of the short pieces of boards that I brought on my raft from the ship.
There will be prizes for the rafts that best represent the theme Chester Heritage and Transport through the Ages as well as for the fastest rafts.
Shrewsbury River Festival organisers are gearing up for a day of fun and have secured a major business to sponsor the raft race.
Visitors can also raft around the popular footboards at the bottom of the canyon."The view on the whiteness of limestone or greenness of forests is different from the river," Tomas Drazil, the director of the national park Slovensky Raj, told The Slovak Spectator.
Other passengers managed to cling to the rafts and some were rescued by another guide in a kayak.
A group of five women stranded on their large, inflatable rainbow unicorn raft in a weedy Minnesota lake were rescued by Chisago County sheriff's deputies Saturday.
A total of about 80 people joined the rafting trip on that morning, and I was grouped with seven other strangers, including two children, on the same raft. The operator announced that the water level was low on that day, and cautioned that the rafting journey would be incident prone.
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.
Randolph, "Piled rafts in overconsolidated clay: comparison of in situ measurements and numerical analyses," Geeotechnique, vol.
PIRATES, spacemen and cowboys were just some of the characters who sailed down the River Taff in the Llandaff charity raft race in aid of George Thomas Hospice Care.
"Everybody went the extra mile and the decorations on the rafts were fantastic.