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    The cloth

    Can “the cloth” be used interchangeably with “clergy”?

    My understanding is; that the latter is more accurate, and unambiguous,but is it?

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    Re: The cloth

    You can say someone is "a man of the cloth" to mean a clergyman. But you can't just say that someone is "the cloth."

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