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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 one's opinions. 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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Buchanan, Rita, A Dyer's Garden: From Plant to Pot, Growing Dyes for Natural Fibers, Interweave Press, Loveland, Colorado, 1995.
This led to a decrease of the pressure gradient in the log and reduced the amount dye that permeated into it, resulting in reduced color change and dye uptake with longer vacuum time.
Environmental benefits from biodegradable dyes are anticipated, including less polluted wastewater and reduced water purification demand.
What remains of interest is how the use of natural dyes was developed across continents and oceans, in societies as diverse as the Mayan Indians, the nomadic Yoruks of Turkey, the ikat weavers of Central Asia, the carpet-weavers of Persia and the traditional dyeing communities of southern India and the Gangetic delta.
A previous analytical technique for detection of Red 26 dye was based on absorption spectroscopy (California Environmental Protection Agency 2006).
The ability of RH to remove dyes from SSAS in fixed bed column of continuous mode at various parameters which are pH's of SSAS of dyes (pH), height bed of adsorbent media RH (h), flow rates of SSAS (F), SSAS temperature ([T.
Salons and home color kits make it easy to say goodbye to grey hairs and roots, but sudden serious allergic reactions to hair dye are on the rise--even among those who have been using the same hair coloring product for years.
In 2008, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said there is some evidence that hair dyes increase the risk of bladder cancer for hairdressers who use them all the time.
The company's "Nature's Colors Natural Decorating Colors" contain no corn syrup or synthetic dyes, and are highly recommended for coloring icing in rich jewel tones or soft pastels.
Effect of textile dyes on the production of cellular metabolites of Anabaena sp.
Oxidative hair dyes products consist of dye intermediates such as p-phenylenediamine and 2-nitro-p-phenylenediamine and a solution of hydrogen peroxide, mixed shortly before application to the hair.
Varanasi, Dec 15 (ANI): Eco-friendly natural dyes are being developed at a university in Uttar Pradesh to meet the increasing demand in the west.
Women have been dyeing their hair for centuries - even Cleopatra reportedly used indigo, turmeric and black walnut hulls to achieve that desired colouring - but when chemicals were introduced into hair dyes last century to keep the colours 'permanent', things started to go a bit awry.
And using dark hair dyes could increase your chances of developing follicular lymphoma, a form of non-Hodgkins lymphoma, by 50 per cent, according to the American Journal of Epidemiology.
Banish ideas of home dyes and elastic bands in a bucket - the likes of Louis Vuitton, Nina Ricci and Matthew Williamson all delighted the fashion pack at spring-summer shows with their designer take on dip dye.