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whole cloth

early 15c., "piece of cloth of full size," as opposed to a piece cut out for a garment; figurative sense first attested 1570s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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  • That Eton captain is cut out of whole cloth; no shoddy there, by Jove!

    The Hill Horace Annesley Vachell
  • I was looking at it when there appeared a picture which covered the whole cloth.

    A California Girl Edward Eldridge
  • But doubtless this incident was manufactured out of the whole cloth.

    Painted Veils James Huneker
  • Fortunately, we have not to begin our experiments out of whole cloth.

  • Another romance out of the whole cloth by the Bourbon sthete!

    A Fortnight of Folly Maurice Thompson
  • He just made that story out of whole cloth, 'cause he wants to get a situation.

    Twelve Years a Slave Solomon Northup

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