Definition of out of (the) whole cloth in US English:

out of (the) whole cloth


North American
  • Totally false.

    ‘the allegations had been created out of whole cloth’
    • ‘That argument seems to be made out of whole cloth.’
    • ‘Don't we have enough diseases in the world without inventing one out of whole cloth?’
    • ‘But if you have to create a brand out of whole cloth - well, that's more of an art.’
    • ‘His ‘evidence’ was largely manufactured out of whole cloth by administration lackies or based upon questionable data.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I began to wish that he had just taken this same group of talented actors and fashioned a collective creation out of whole cloth.’
    • ‘Out of nowhere - not even whole cloth - they've created a need, and they know just how to fill it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When you make stuff up out of whole cloth, it should have some effect on your credibility.’
    • ‘Making up facts out of whole cloth - even if they fit logically into the historical context - is criminal.’
    • ‘He is a scholar of some caliber, and he does not simply create material out of whole cloth.’
    • ‘I expect newspapers to misquote and misunderstand Church officials and to overemphasize minor points, but not to make up quotations out of whole cloth.’
    • ‘Moreover, there is the nagging question of whether she is deliberately embroidering this story, or even making it up out of whole cloth.’
    • ‘Facts were fabricated from whole cloth by wild rumor and fueled by crowd hysteria, fear, desperation and downright anger.’
    • ‘Such fears haven't been spun out of whole cloth.’
    • ‘It is to be created out of whole cloth using the revenue that would usually be funneled to retirees.’
    • ‘But caricatures that carry weight with many thoughtful people are not woven 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.’
    • ‘Italian performer Ennio Marchetto talks about creating celebrities out of whole cloth.’
    • ‘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.’