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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

dyed-in-the-wool

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.

how-d'ye-do

informal
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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

dyed-in-the-wool

[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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

dyed-in-the-wool

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.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

of the deepest dye

Of the most extreme sort.
See also: deep, dye, of
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

dyed in the wool

Thoroughgoing, complete. The term, which dates from at least the sixteenth century, alludes to cloth made from wool that was dyed while raw (before it was spun) instead of being dyed piece by piece. The color therefore was “true” throughout, and this concept was transferred to other kinds of genuineness. “In half an hour he can come out an original democrat, dyed in the wool,” said Daniel Webster in a speech (Feb. 10, 1830). It has been a cliché since the early 1900s.
See also: dye, wool
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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To elucidate the dyeing performance further, the color parameters and the fastness properties (wash, light, alkaline perspiration and rubbing) of pre and post-washed (using a nonionic detergent at 50AdegC) dyed fabric, were explored using Datacolor spectrophotometer SF600.
Colour difference values in terms of lightness/darkness (L) and magnitude of total colour difference (E) of dyed samples under investigation were assessed against the standard samples washed-off with conventional method.
In order to find out the dyeing condition of Prangos ferulacea effect on the color strength of dyed wool fiber yarn, the RSM design called a central composite design (CCD) was used to determine the experimental runs.
Then there was the Bombay-based designer Nelly Sethna, who went and dug up old printing blocks which were actually based on the Isfahani patterns that used to be made in the 19th century in Iran, and used these to revive natural dyed kalamkari.
The colours of the dyed fabric produced by pad-steam process were matched with those obtained by pad-dry-bake process in order to compare the light fastness achieved by two continuous dyeing methods.
A simulated month of shampooing--1 hour in an agitated beaker--faded the color of dyed hair, although not as badly as sunlight and humidity did.
By adding a positive charge to the fabric, the modified finish attracts dyes, allowing no-wrinkle cotton to be dyed.
Scoured and bleached silk fabric was dyed with 1% of synthesized dyes, based on the weight of fabric (o.w.f.).
More benefits are obvious in terms of logistics and warehousing: Danufil(R) ProShade(R) can replace a stock of differently dyed yarns or fabrics and so reduces significantly the amount of capital required.
L c h and E between standard fabric (dyed in fresh water) and samples (dyed in O3 treated washing and rinsing wastewater) has been summarized in Table-3.
Wash fastness is the resistance offered by dyed fibers to retain color when washed by soaps and detergents.
I dyed one white linen blouse red, and then did a bit of white embroidery on the collar, which makes the white stitching seem planned.
Although concentration of these salts is small, yet it lowers the depth of dyed shades and mars purity and brightness of the hue [15].
Suitable for cotton and blends, Apparel fabrics including yarn dyed fabrics home-textile fabrics, etc.
The study was designed to evaluate the colour fastness and tensile properties of dyed cotton after using various mordants, cationizing agents, UV absorbers and crosslinkers with this natural dye.