a thing of shreds and patches

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a thing of shreds and patches

Something made up of small scraps of various things that have been crudely or inadequately assembled together. His political agenda is a thing of shreds and patches—a bizarre assembly of fancy, contradictory elements that is really just a vehicle for his inflammatory rhetoric. In trying to create a novel that encompasses all of human existence, he has instead created a confusing thing of shreds and patches that never really does anything interesting or meaningful.
See also: and, of, patch, shred, thing

a thing of shreds and patches

something made up of scraps of fabric patched together. literary
In the third act of Hamlet, the prince describes his uncle Claudius, who has usurped the throne, as ‘a king of shreds and patches’; this description was parodied by W. S. Gilbert in The Mikado as ‘a thing of shreds and patches’.
See also: and, of, patch, shred, thing
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