Definition of whole cloth in English:

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whole cloth


[mass noun]
Cloth of the full size as manufactured, as distinguished from a piece cut off for a garment or other item.
Example sentences
  • The distinctive patterns of quilts are created from sewn-together pieces of cloth, appliquéd cutout designs, or a solid piece of fabric called whole cloth.
  • These quilts - some pieced, others whole cloth and coming in all sizes from crib to king size - tell a story of hard work, dedication and a heart of compassion for impoverished people around the world.
  • First, take a piece of whole cloth, the fibers of which crisscross in a way similar to that of the skin of the perineum, and try to tear it in half.


out of (the) whole cloth

North American informal With no basis in fact or reality: she created conspiracy theories out of the whole cloth
More example sentences
  • These modern versions of ancient traditions are often created out of whole cloth, but they offer the pleasure of enjoying an old-time religion without engaging one's own past.
  • Italian performer Ennio Marchetto talks about creating celebrities out of whole cloth.
  • But if you have to create a brand out of whole cloth - well, that's more of an art.

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