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 The Republican politicians who Trump owns, and whose genitals are kept in glass jars at Mar-a-Lago for the guests to see, have even been creating, out of whole cloth, just to please the boss, the notion that Swift is some kind of political secret double-agent acting on behalf of Joe Biden. Joe Soucheray, Twin Cities, 3 Feb. 2024 Anwar Haneef, general manager and head of ecosystems at Canva, maintains that Canva users often want to make custom designs or iterate on them rather than have an AI engine generate something from whole cloth. Lauren Goode, WIRED, 10 Jan. 2024 In attempting to build a new settlement out of whole cloth, these tech moguls are following a tradition started nearly a century ago by other American industrialists, who built company towns around their mills, and utopians who built remote communities in line with their social beliefs. Irina Ivanova, Fortune, 30 Aug. 2023 This year, especially, electoral work has meant battling moral panics stoked by the right on social media, sometimes imported virtually whole cloth from the right wing in the United States. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 17 Oct. 2022 The rough congruence validates that the Roman Catholic Church in Quebec didn’t make records out of whole cloth, but there were likely fudges, guesses, and deceptions on the margins. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 24 Jan. 2011 This industry was created out of whole cloth and it’s changed the world. Antonio Ferme, Variety, 9 Mar. 2022 Why would Erika make this up out of whole cloth? Brian Moylan, Vulture, 15 Sep. 2021 Musicals built from whole cloth, as the writer Steven Levenson crafted this one, remain rare. Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune, 14 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1823, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of whole cloth was in 1823

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“Whole cloth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whole%20cloth. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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