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Huge number of dogs slipping lead (6)


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'huge number' is the definition.
The answer and definition can be both quantities as well as being singular nouns.
Maybe they are linked in a way I don't understand?

'dogs slipping lead' is the wordplay.
'dogs' becomes 'poodles' (poodle is a kind of dog).
'slipping lead' means to remove the first letter (I've seen 'slips lead' mean this).
'poodles' with its first letter taken away is 'OODLES'.

'of' is the link.

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(Other definitions for oodles that I've seen before include "Tons, scads" , "'Loads, lots (6)'" , "A lot" , "Large indefinite number" , "a feast" .)

I've seen this clue in The Independent.
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