whole cloth


Definition of whole cloth

: pure fabrication usually used in the phrase out of whole cloth the theory was created out of whole cloth

Examples of whole cloth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With a solid infrastructure, individual candidates don’t have to invent every piece of a winning campaign apparatus from whole cloth. Ben Wikler, The New Republic, 28 Feb. 2022 Your School Day, reporters and researchers discovered that such threats had simply been made up whole cloth, despite many outlets breathlessly reporting them as fact. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 31 Dec. 2021 Opponents of qualified immunity deride the principle as having been created by the Court out of whole cloth—an argument that mirrors one often employed by critics of Roe who are dismissive of its legal basis. The New Yorker, 14 Mar. 2022 Many drivers stopped with those charges argue that they were manufactured out of whole cloth. John Archibald | Jarchibald@al.com, al, 9 Feb. 2022 That is another free-market problem, and another fantasy, one created out of whole cloth by actors in the pharmaceutical industry. Michael Tomasky, The New Republic, 19 Dec. 2021 So far their primary solution seems to be to simply fabricate technology from whole cloth. Eric Ravenscraft, Wired, 25 Nov. 2021 Creating jobs out of whole cloth was one of her specialties. Longreads, 18 May 2021 As the Breton funds restructured, others were created whole cloth, particularly in the aftermath of a 2016 administrative campaign to reduce and consolidate the number of the regions in the country. Ben Croll, Variety, 21 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of whole cloth

1823, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of whole cloth was in 1823

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8 May 2022

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“Whole cloth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whole%20cloth. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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