whole cloth


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whole cloth

Make-believe; invention. Usually appears in the phrase "out of whole cloth." A reference to tailors who would falsely advertise garments being "cut 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.
See also: cloth, whole