warp and woof


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warp and woof

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The underlying structure on which something is built; a base or foundation: "profound dislocations throughout the entire warp and woof of the American economy" (David A. Stockman).
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warp and woof

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A distinctive, complex underlying pattern or structure:
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They lay far deeper, in the very warp and woof of her nature.
And Jerry, far-journeyer across life and across the history of all life that goes to make the world, strugglingly mastering the abysmal slime of the prehistoric with the love that had come into existence and had become warp and woof of him in far later time, his wrath of ancientness still faintly reverberating in his throat like the rumblings of a passing thunder-storm, knew, in the wide warm ways of feeling, the augustness and righteousness of Skipper.
We had been talking for an hour, she with that slow certitude of eternity that so befitted her; and, for the life of me, I could lay no finger on the motives that ran through the tangled warp and woof of her.
Little I guessed how all the warp and woof of that man- world was entangled with alcohol.
But from Kamal Janns opening paragraphs we are aware that great brutality, deceit, and constant jockeying for power remain the warp and woof of the Syria, and the wider world, depicted in its pages.
The fabric of Christianity has been roughly woven, warp and woof, from the get-go.
Summary: You cannot get more ethnic in retail than the Naif souk, literally the warp and woof of all textile materials, readymade clothes, toys and children's wear at very low prices.