From whole + cloth.
- A newly made textile which has not yet been cut. Also called broad cloth.
- A complete fabrication. A lie with no basis in the truth.
#: Mr. Doe's account of the accident was made from whole cloth.
- Something made completely new, with no history, and not based on anything else.
#: The plans for the widgit were drawn from whole cloth.
"And, mind you, emotions are among the toughest things in the world to manufacture out of whole cloth; it is easier to manufacture seven facts than one emotion."<br>
— Mark Twain (Life on the Missippi, Chapter 27)