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An entirely fictional account not based on reality at all; make-believe. Usually appears in the phrase "out of whole cloth." A reference to tailors who would falsely advertise garments being made "out of whole cloth," when, in reality, they were pieced together from different cuts. I broke curfew staying out too late with my boyfriend, but luckily I was able to make an excuse out of whole cloth about being at the library. When my sister refused to go to sleep without a bedtime story, I pulled a tale about princesses together out of whole cloth.
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There are no meetings that we have that are seven people behind [closed doors] coming out with an edict from on high that writes whole cloth law," he said.
We don't have to make them up ourselves or build them from whole cloth.
If we start selling our identity whole cloth, we are going to lose it,'' Douglas said.
Remember, according to Doyle/Pollitt, every single syllable we say about abortion's deadly aftermath is junk science, fabricated out of whole cloth by people (you and me) who are allergic to logic.
Countries had been created out of whole cloth with borders drawn to serve the interests of the imperial power.
Our country has woven together previously unimagined possibilities and strengths, but the whole cloth can be damaged by tearing out certain threads because new patterns are seen as threatening.
Not only was the author unknown, since Bohannon had created him out of whole cloth, but the "Wassee Institute of Medicine," where he was supposed to work, didn't exist either.
Caption: 4 The sixth stage of the process: the whole cloth with its pattern of wax resist is dyed in the indigo vat.
the company created from whole cloth last June in order to hold the non-entertainment assets of the "old" News Corp.
Whether they are old, even ancient ways that give us a sense of stability and continuity, or are made up new of whole cloth, I believe that rituals, especially those that speak to us deeply, keep us connected in community, keep us whole as in holy.
Jesus didn't have to make Saul into Paul, a new man out of whole cloth.
Bernardin had weaved the disparate threads of Catholic morality into a whole cloth.
All the painstaking work on design that Apple and Jobs are known for simply illustrates the larger point that they have been inventing from whole cloth and when you do that, you discover that you have to invent everything," Pombriant concludes.
Separately, the Islamic Republic has charged the United States this past year with intervening in Syria, creating the current uprising, which began in March of last year, out of whole cloth in order to divide the Islamic world.
The court refused to apply that standard here and instead created a map out of their own whole cloth, out of their own standard.