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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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  • How could his shoddy word weigh against Garrison's, fashioned from the whole cloth and with loyalty, love on Garrison's side?

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
  • That Eton captain is cut out of whole cloth; no shoddy there, by Jove!

    The Hill Horace Annesley Vachell
  • My notion is, Brill lied out of whole cloth, but of course I'm not in a position to prove it.

    Mavericks William MacLeod Raine
  • Another romance out of the whole cloth by the Bourbon sthete!

    A Fortnight of Folly Maurice Thompson
  • Doubtless many of the stories one hears are of whole cloth; others may have only a slight basis in fact.

    The Eyes Have It Gordon Randall Garrett
  • 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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