Dyed-in-the-wool meaning

dīd'ĭn-thə-wo͝ol'
Thoroughgoing; out-and-out.

A dyed-in-the-wool populist.

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Dyed before being woven into cloth.
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Dyed before being woven.
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Thoroughgoing or unchanging.
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(of textiles) Dyed before being formed into cloth.
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(idiomatic, figuratively) Firmly established in a person's beliefs or habits; deeply ingrained in the nature of a person or thing.

Smith was a dyed-in-the-wool typist and never really got used to writing on computers.

John Major was described by his opponents as a dyed-in-the-wool Conservative.

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Simple past tense and past participle of dye in the wool.
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(idiomatic) Alternative spelling of dyed-in-the-wool. (Set in one's ways, steadfast.)
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Origin of dyed-in-the-wool

  • From the past participle of dye in the wool
    From Wiktionary