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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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How do we know that the story implicating Trillanes' mother is made out of whole cloth? Because Vera Files fact-checked it, including examining the entire records of the Kevlar case (it was tried in the Sandiganbayan), and found it to be totally baseless.
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Somehow, the unusual, not to mention unlikely, conceit on which the movie is based, e.g., that there might be communities that are contacted by the West but have themselves chosen to reject modernity whole cloth in favor of custom, is made to seem not so very farfetched; or at least we can quite willingly suspend disbelief, as Coleridge would have us do, by way of enjoying its well-paced, absorbing narrative.
"So I would say that the Supreme Court does not understand the separation of powers and writes laws out of whole cloth."
Assemble them in startling yet orderly patterns to create a whole cloth, seamless and tailored to fit.
In a letter recusing himself from the spinoff case, Hannah wrote that the court's majority "has created out of whole cloth an issue to delay the disposition" in the gay marriage lawsuit.
Nor, perhaps, may the big-time funders who have created entire newsrooms from whole cloth.
Particularly subtle was the way in which the whitish planes of color and rectangular collage-like structure of Picasso's two 1928 L'Atelier works--brought together here for the first time in the United States were seemingly absorbed whole cloth into Johns's encaustic and collage In the Studio, 1982.
Frank created a movie studio out of whole cloth. And he knows it's not like Warners or Paramount; it's about virality.
We don't have to make them up ourselves or build them from whole cloth. Most of us don't even think about the mechanics of our political system at all.
''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.