A whole lot of
Tinha uma pá de gente na igreja.
There was a whole lot of people at the church.
Pô! Já deu pra aprender uma pá de coisas.
Hey! I've already learned a whole lot of things.
Fazia uma pá de tempo que eu não via o John.
It's been a whole lot of time since I last saw John".
"A whole lot of time" reminds me of one of Geoge Harrison's song "I've got my mind set on you":
"It's gonna take time, a whole lot of precious time, it's gonna take patience and time to do it right child".