Meaning of whole cloth in English:

whole cloth


mass noun
  • Cloth of the full size as manufactured, as distinguished from a piece cut off for a garment or other item.

    • ‘The distinctive patterns of quilts are created from sewn-together pieces of cloth, appliquéd cutout designs, or a solid piece of fabric called whole cloth.’
    • ‘These quilts - some pieced, others whole cloth and coming in all sizes from crib to king size - tell a story of hard work, dedication and a heart of compassion for impoverished people around the world.’
    • ‘First, take a piece of whole cloth, the fibers of which crisscross in a way similar to that of the skin of the perineum, and try to tear it in half.’
    • ‘A number of quilt types are represented in this exhibition, including album, appliqué, chintz appliqué, pieced, and whole cloth.’
    • ‘The earliest quilts on colonial American beds were made of whole cloth, with the visual interest created by the quilting patterns high-lighted by the gloss of the elegant fabrics, such as silk and glazed worsteds.’
    • ‘The whole cloth quilts, strip quilts, medallion quilts, and appliqué and patchwork quilts took on new looks with the new fabrics made possible by advancing cloth-printing techniques.’
    • ‘This was used to chop out the appliqué element from whole cloth.’
    • ‘The quilt is hand quilted as you would a whole cloth quilt.’


    out of (the) whole cloth
    North American informal
    • With no basis in fact or reality.

      ‘she created conspiracy theories out of the whole cloth’
      • ‘These modern versions of ancient traditions are often created out of whole cloth, but they offer the pleasure of enjoying an old-time religion without engaging one's own past.’
      • ‘Italian performer Ennio Marchetto talks about creating celebrities out of whole cloth.’
      • ‘But if you have to create a brand out of whole cloth - well, that's more of an art.’
      • ‘He is a scholar of some caliber, and he does not simply create material out of whole cloth.’
      • ‘Making up facts out of whole cloth - even if they fit logically into the historical context - is criminal.’
      • ‘Directors Louis Pepe and Keith Fulton, who gave us Lost in La Mancha a couple of years ago, created their own documentary out of whole cloth this time.’
      • ‘It is to be created out of whole cloth using the revenue that would usually be funneled to retirees.’
      • ‘I expect newspapers to misquote and misunderstand Church officials and to overemphasize minor points, but not to make up quotations out of whole cloth.’
      • ‘His ‘evidence’ was largely manufactured out of whole cloth by administration lackies or based upon questionable data.’
      • ‘Such fears haven't been spun out of whole cloth.’
      • ‘At this point the story was being concocted out of whole cloth: the blog reported that the documents might be fake.’
      • ‘Moreover, there is the nagging question of whether she is deliberately embroidering this story, or even making it up out of whole cloth.’
      • ‘It's not just a misquotation, or an incorrect fact or figure, it's an admission that, basically, the entire story was made up out of whole cloth.’
      • ‘That argument seems to be made out of whole cloth.’
      • ‘But caricatures that carry weight with many thoughtful people are not woven out of whole cloth.’
      • ‘I began to wish that he had just taken this same group of talented actors and fashioned a collective creation out of whole cloth.’
      • ‘Don't we have enough diseases in the world without inventing one out of whole cloth?’
      • ‘Facts were fabricated from whole cloth by wild rumor and fueled by crowd hysteria, fear, desperation and downright anger.’
      • ‘Out of nowhere - not even whole cloth - they've created a need, and they know just how to fill it.’
      • ‘When you make stuff up out of whole cloth, it should have some effect on your credibility.’