from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Pure fabrication or fiction: "He invented, almost out of whole cloth, what it means to be American” ( Ned Rorem). "His account of being drugged, kidnapped and tortured was made up of whole cloth” ( George Carver).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A newly made textile which has not yet been cut.
- n. The fictitious material from which complete fabrications, lies with no basis in truth, are made.
- n. Something made completely new, with no history, and not based on anything else.
- adv. in full extent, wholesale, entirely, without changes or additions
From the fabrication of garments out of newly manufactured, full-sized pieces of cloth.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From whole + cloth. (Wiktionary)