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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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Despite the enormous efforts of machine designers to reduce the liquor ratio it remains as a fact that the finishing of knitwear in jet dyeing machines still requires large amounts of water and thus also energy.
Food dyeing: Food dyeing potential of the dye was analyzed using rice purchased from local market of Rawalpindi.
The impurities of Fe and Mg should be reduces to avoid yellow and brown staining of processed batch cloth in dyeing [7].
Previous studies have reported a variety of wood dyeing methods, such as vacuum dyeing; pressure dyeing, which combines vacuum dyeing and pressure dyeing; and others.
Dyeing any animal's hair or fur is considered wrong for many reasons.
The project will achieve its aims by: selecting algae with high dye capacity and potential for mass cultivation; improving the algae s dye content through optimising their growth conditions; studying the extraction conditions to optimise the amount of dye obtained; comparing different dyeing process and auxiliary substances needed to obtain satisfactory results; and assessing the fastness of the obtained natural dyes compared with synthetic dyes.
Methylene blue is utilized in coloring paper, temporary hair coloring, dyeing cotton and wools, and coloring of paper stocks [22].
In addition to exceptional proficiency in weaving, the finest skill of the Indian craftsman was dyeing and patterning fabric in brilliant fast colours.
The textile dyeing units release large quantities of dyes in their effluents [2].
Hatchery owners prefer dyeing them because the practice makes it much easier to sell chicks.
She finished dyeing her hair and told her husband, 'I don't feel well, I can't breathe'.
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The casticization of lyocell, a regenerated cellulose, fabric was studied to determine its effect on dyeing results.
Among their topics are the structure and properties of textile materials, pre-treating and preparing textile materials prior to dyeing, the thermodynamics and kinetics of dyeing and dyebath monitoring systems, molecular modeling and predicting dye properties, the chemistry of reactive dyes and their application processes, disperse dyes, metal-complex dyes, sulphur dyes, environmentally friendly dyes, fluorescent dyes, and near-infrared dyes.