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)


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