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- adjective Characterized by an
absenceof conditionsor obligations.
- adverb idiomatic Without conditions or obligations; without a
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According to one source, the origin of this phrase is from the cloth industry, where a small flaw in a fabric would be marked by a string so it could easily be spotted. This suggests a meaning of "without flaws".
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