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Pure fabrication or fiction: “His account of being drugged, kidnapped and tortured was made up of whole cloth” (George Carver).
Origin of whole clothFrom the fabrication of garments out of newly manufactured, full-sized pieces of cloth.
- A newly made textile which has not yet been cut.
- (figuratively, used attributively or preceded by various prepositions) The fictitious material from which complete fabrications, lies with no basis in truth, are made.
- Mr. Doe's account of the accident was made from whole cloth.
- Something made completely new, with no history, and not based on anything else.
- The plans for the widget were drawn from whole cloth.