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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Meantime, Queequeg's impulsive, indifferent sword, sometimes hitting the woof slantingly, or crookedly, or strongly, or weakly, as the case might be; and by this difference in the concluding blow producing a corresponding contrast in the final aspect of the completed fabric; this savage's sword, thought I, which thus finally shapes and fashions both warp and woof; this easy, indifferent sword must be chance --aye, chance, free will, and necessity --no wise incompatible --all interweavingly working together.
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.
Little I guessed how all the warp and woof of that man- world was entangled with alcohol.
I was moved by her insights for the May 12 Sunday Scripture (NCR, May 3-16), where she shows us that "Metanoia always starts with confusion: the feeling that my truth may not be completely right." How she wove the warp and woof of Acts into a modern garment for us to look at and see into, and gain from, is a gift of grace.
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.
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.
The exhortation to mechanize, then, leads us down an interpretative path: By including works both machine- and handmade, the show embodies a shift from the preindustrial to industrial eras (and, perhaps, the post-industrial too, if we allow that the warp and woof interlace as do pixels in a jpeg--the product par excellence of the information age).