dyed-in-the-wool


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dyed-in-the-wool

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.

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.

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.

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
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In and of themselves they reveal their dyed-in-the-wool philosophy and the very peculiar slang of such events, which culminates in the words of a bank-branch director: "If someone has visions, they should go out to the fields or els e to therapy.
We find libertarians insisting that the marketplace is a sufficient accountability mechanism; dyed-in-the-wool public educators being swayed by "level playing field" claims even though responding to such claims often brings stultifying red tape; and people resisting state standards and tests for the same reasons that other educators resist them.
Though she says Kort has "introduced the whole concept of balance into my life," Cutler remains a dyed-in-the-wool workaholic.
Even stranger, his work struck profound echoes with earlier French art, with Delacroix and Gerome, showing Dubuffet to be a dyed-in-the-wool Orientalist whose cartoony, leering images of Arabs, made in 1947-49 during three trips to Algeria, now look premonitory both of Twombly's mature sgraffito and Picasso's late-style cavaliers.
OK, usually I try to be a little lighthearted on this page, since I am a dyed-in-the-wool, warp-and-woof optimist.
AS every Hearts fan knows, Vladimir Romanov is a dyed-in-the-wool Jambo.
He is a dyed-in-the-wool football player,'' his father said.
The festival celebrations will be extra special for dyed-in-the-wool railwayman Lewis Lycett.
However, although she and her partner intend to stay in South Wales on a permanent basis, they have no plans to start following Cardiff City, for they are both dyed-in-the-wool Manchester United supporters.