all wool and a yard wide

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all wool and a yard wide

Genuine, not fake; of excellent quality; also, honorable. For example, You can count on Nedhe's all wool and a yard wide. This metaphorical term alludes to a length of highly valued pure-wool cloth that measures exactly a yard (and not an inch less). [Late 1800s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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