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.


Nearby words

  1. whoever,
  2. whole,
  3. whole ball of wax, the,
  4. whole blood,
  5. whole brother,
  6. whole gale,
  7. whole hog,
  8. whole kit and caboodle, the,
  9. whole language,
  10. whole megillah

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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