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dye in the wool

To stain wool fibers with dye before they are spun into thread, thus making the coloration more permanent. This phrase has led to the idiomatic modifier "dyed-in-the-wool," meaning permanent and or firmly established, such as one's opinions. All of our products are handmade, and we always dye in the wool to ensure that your clothing's color remains vibrant for years to come.
See also: dye, wool


1. An informal, colloquial greeting (a contraction of "how do you do?"). Well hey, Bob, how-d'ye-do? Been a long time since I've seen you around here!
2. An unfortunate, unpleasant, or awkward situation or circumstance; a troublesome or difficult state of affairs. (Often phrased as "a fine how-d'ye-do.") Well that's a fine how-d'ye-do. I'm on the job for just two days and I find out that the company is going bankrupt!

of the blackest dye

To the furthest degree or extent. If you are trying to get your poor mother to take the blame for you, you are really a criminal of the blackest dye!
See also: black, dye, of

of the deepest dye

Of the worst or most extreme type. On outskirts of the kingdom was a prison filled with criminals of the deepest dye.
See also: deep, dye, of


Permanent and or firmly established, such as in one's opinions or beliefs. Good luck getting him to listen to your political views—he's a dyed-in-the-wool liberal.


[of someone] permanent or extreme. My uncle was a dyed-in-the-wool farmer. He wouldn't change for anything. Sally is a dyed-in-the-wool socialist.


COMMON You use dyed-in-the-wool to describe a supporter of a particular set of beliefs or a member of a particular group, meaning that their beliefs or feelings are very strong and will never change. I'm a dyed-in-the-wool Labour man so he'll not get my vote. Mr Purves has made Hong Kong his home for the past 38 years but he remains a dyed-in-the-wool Scotsman. Michael is a dyed-in-the-wool traditionalist. Note: In medieval times, wool was often dyed before it was spun and woven. This meant that colour was more evenly distributed in the wool, and lasted longer.

dyed in the wool

(of a person) completely and permanently fixed in a particular belief or opinion; inveterate.
If yarn is dyed in the raw state, it produces a more even and permanent colour.
See also: dye, wool

of the deepest dye

Of the most extreme sort.
See also: deep, dye, of
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It established that bright colours could be extracted from dyestuffs by boiling them for half an hour, dispelling the common belief that they required boiling for two or three hours; also that deep colours could be obtained perfectly by dyeing material in a boiled dye solution off the fire instead of on the stove.
Adsorption of BG onto UB, ATB and MIB were carried out at different experimental parameters such as different pH, shaking time, adsorbent amount, temperature, and at different dye concentration.
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Effective dye strength Dyes Moles In CI Reactive Orange 86 1792 CI Reactive Red 11 1482 CI Reactive Blue 168 2919 CI Reactive Yellow 145 1472 CI Reactive Red 195 1705 CI Reactive Blue 221 3310 Table 2.
It creates a sense of ownership and gratification that synthetic dyes never do.
Based on their efficiency to remove color of the dye from agar medium, 20 algal isolates were selected.
First, we used axial direction passageways to dye the timber, because the permeability of the axial direction passageways of the wood are greater than the transverse passageways.
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0 cm for absorption test of methylene blue and malachite green dye in single dye solution were studied.