whole cloth


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whole cloth

n.
Pure fabrication or fiction: "His account of being drugged, kidnapped and tortured was made up of whole cloth" (George Carver).
Idiom:
out of whole cloth
1. By means of the imagination or as a fabrication: "Some of her stories she created out of whole cloth; for others she began with an incident Idella had described and then reimagined it into a full story" (Kate Walbert).
2. Out of nothing; from the very start: "The idea of creating out of whole cloth an intelligence network in a country like that is daunting" (Jack Reed).

[From the fabrication of garments out of newly manufactured, full-sized pieces of cloth.]
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From an Alaskan hero he was metamorphosed into an Alaskan bully, liar, desperado, and all around "bad Man." Not content with this, lies upon lies, out of whole cloth, were manufactured about him.
I argued my proficiency so well that he did not refer to the matter again till Saturday, when he suggested removing one whole cloth from the after leech.
'I will not bet Najib will be able to do so, though if such a person exists, it will at least salvage his credibility by one iota that he had not manufactured such a lie from whole cloth, and he could claim that he was only guilty of the shocking gullibility to fall for such a tall claim,' he added.
Because in his desire to 'destroy' the former senator-that is the President's word, describing the fate he wants for Trillanes-(a) he has brought in the senator's mother, Estelita Fuentes Trillanes, who, by the way, is in her 90s and has Alzheimer's so she can no longer defend herself; and (b) he seems to have made up the story out of whole cloth.
Khomyuk, on the other hand, was made out of whole cloth, and her actions strain credulity, from travelling to Chernobyl, uninvited, to investigate the accident to being in the presence of Mikhail Gorbachev at the Kremlin not much later.C
While the board does not take a position on whether the Judiciary should adopt these federal changes in whole cloth, we do encourage them to consider reviewing the current Rules, adopted in 2016, and determine if these actions by their federal colleagues might be appropriate for Maryland judges and judicial officers.
Batik is a technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to whole cloth, or cloth made using this technique which originated from Indonesia.
For the whole cloth quilt at upper right, the embroidered circles were stitched first, followed by the quilt-in-the-hoop border.
While there were a number of afternoon tabloids, particularly in Warsaw, that published sensational stories, some of which were wildly exaggerated, there weren't a huge number of stories that were made up out of whole cloth. On the other hand, a certain kind of sensationalism did exist and was decried by angry critics as being bad for the readership.
Even applying the less stringent standards that this court typically extends to unrepresented litigants in the interests of justice, I would have to create from whole cloth whatever cognizable arguments, if any, Grant may intend to offer that would challenge any specific decision made by the circuit court in this action.
I didn't just make that up out of whole cloth. He had it, and I just rounded it out." Set to debut December 6 on Syfy, 'Happy!' is based on the four-part Image Comics miniseries of the same name, created in 2012 by artist Darick Robertson and writer Grant Morrison.
"I've seen some truly weird reports about WOW on the internet of late, by 'journalists' who make their stories up out of whole cloth. I don't know which story is more absurd, the one that says the book is finished and I've been sitting on it for some nefarious reason, or the one that says I have no pages," he wrote.