Definition of whole cloth in English:

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whole cloth


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 Totally false: the allegations had been created out of 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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Syllabification: whole cloth

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