Whole Cloth Definition

Pure fabrication or fiction.
American Heritage

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.

(idiomatic) In full extent, wholesale, entirely, without changes or additions.


Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Whole Cloth

  • out of whole cloth

Origin of Whole Cloth

  • From the fabrication of garments out of newly manufactured, full-sized pieces of cloth

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From whole +"Ž cloth.

    From Wiktionary

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