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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 one's opinions. 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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At the end of the period, dyed wool was taken out of the extract and left to cooling and then it was rinsed in cold water and left to drying.
Arun Kumar Aggarwal, an exporter expressed his satisfaction over the dyes being developed as the textiles dyed naturally were most sought after in the west.
Laursen and Zhang soaked their dyed silk samples in hydrochloric acid, EDTA, or formic acid, extracted the flavonoids, and chemically characterized the compounds.
The grey-blue I dyed a deeper blue (you can't go lighter--you have to dye darker, and if it has a color already, be prepared to apply color theory--you know, blue plus red equals purple, etc.
Chances are it was originally made in white and dyed en-masse rather than being made in an actual colour.
The dyed cracks then are viewed under a bright light (or black light if an ultraviolet dye was used).
Create a weaving using wool they have dyed, incorporating triangles into the design.
Samples of wool/cotton crosswooven blends dyed in a single dye bath.
John Chiang, Chairman of the California State Board of Equalization (BOE), in response to shortages of clear diesel fuel caused in part by Hurricane Katrina, announced that the BOE will not impose a tax penalty when dyed diesel fuel is sold for use or used on the highway.
A fragment of dyed cotton was found in Harappa with vestiges of mordant dyes; it was clinging to a silver jar.
For example, researchers have found how certain treatments, such as conditioning, help maintain hair's strength and how others minimize color change in dyed locks.