Whole-cloth meaning

Pure fabrication or fiction.
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A newly made textile which has not yet been cut.
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(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.

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Something made completely new, with no history, and not based on anything else.

The plans for the widget were drawn from whole cloth.

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(idiomatic) In full extent, wholesale, entirely, without changes or additions.
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out of whole cloth
  • By means of the imagination or as a fabrication:
  • Out of nothing; from the very start:
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

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