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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
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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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Despite of their success and vast applications in commercial wool dyeing, acid dyes suffers from some shortcomings [9-11].
In its raw state, cotton has a light brownish/yellow tinge and bleaching is necessary to ensure its pure whiteness prior to dyeing. On conventional systems, this involves a separate process step, but with the CYD multi-colour yarn dyeing system it is now integrated into the EcontrolA(r) process for full dyeing pre-treatment.
Dyeing characterisations of alkoxide pre-treated polyester/acrylic fibres blend by the use of a cationic dye in one bath by two steps is also studied by El-Gabry and Bendak (2006).
Food dyeing: Food dyeing potential of the dye was analyzed using rice purchased from local market of Rawalpindi.
The process for dyeing naturally is not that dissimilar from dyeing synthetically:
Dyeing. A sample of 25 grams of tanned leather was dyed with extracted dye concentration of 60 g/l and natural mordant concentration of 10,20,30, and 40 g/l, and 3% OWM of copper sulphate was used for all trials.
Recent studies on wood dyeing have mainly focused on the dyeing process of veneer and paneling rather than the log itself.
Potential of immobilized bitter gourd (Momordica charantia) peroxidases in the decolorization and removal of textile dyes from polluted wastewater and dyeing effluent.
Think about the difference between an individual applying dye by hand to a few skeins at a time, using multiple colors, and a machine dyeing many pounds of yarn in one batch, using only one color.
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Historically, indigo dye methods have never been particularly efficient: Indigo is insoluble in water, requiring the addition of salts in the dye bath--and even then, it binds poorly to cotton, meaning it usually takes several rounds of dyeing followed by oxidation to achieve a deep color.
A new trend in dyeing pet (http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/547065/20140408/dogs-guilt-shame-funny-feel.htm) dogs to look like pandas has begun in China.
In continuation of our interest in anionic colouration of acrylic fabrics and stemmed by the results of one-bath reactive dyeing of amidoximated wool/acrylics in which a remarkable high reactive dye fixation value was obtained at acidic pH [7], it was of interest to investigate the dyeing characteristics of amidoximated acrylic fabrics using different types of reactive dyes.