dyed-in-the-wool


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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.

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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Many of the roughly 150 participants are dyed-in-the-wool Civil War history buffs, eager to tell you what mistakes the commanders made at Gettysburg and Antietam or how the South was this close to pulling off a victory.