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This is my code

xyzzy = 1;
Hold[xyzzy] // ToString // StringLength

The output is 11.

This 2nd one below.

ClearAll[xyzzy]
 ToString[xyzzy] // StringLength]

The output is 5.

Why is this?

I think these 2 codes will be the same output

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    $\begingroup$ the result of Hold[xyzzy] is Hold[xyzzy] and that is 11 characters long. When xyzzy has not been assigned any value then the ToString[xyzzy] will be the string xyzzy and that is 5 characters long. $\endgroup$
    – Bill
    Sep 4, 2020 at 2:24
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    $\begingroup$ @Bill How can I fix this? How can make it have the same output? $\endgroup$
    – kile
    Sep 4, 2020 at 2:28
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    $\begingroup$ What output is the desired? 5, 11, or 1? $\endgroup$
    – xzczd
    Sep 4, 2020 at 3:03
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    $\begingroup$ Possibly HoldForm[xyzzy] // ToString // StringLength does what you want? $\endgroup$
    – Carl Woll
    Sep 4, 2020 at 4:16
  • $\begingroup$ Hold[xyzzy] // ToString // StringLength[#] - 6 &? $\endgroup$
    – kglr
    Sep 4, 2020 at 5:54

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Your first code acts as below line:

StringLength["Hold[xyzzy]"]

And second one acts as below line:

StringLength["xyzzy"]

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