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dyed-in-the-wool

[dahyd-n-th uh-woo l] /ˈdaɪd n ðəˈwʊl/
adjective
1.
through and through; complete:
a dyed-in-the-wool reformer.
2.
dyed before weaving.
Origin of dyed-in-the-wool
1570-1580
1570-80
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  • Nothing has pleased me so much, in a long time, as to see him such a dead-in-earnest, dyed-in-the-wool officer as he is now.

  • A “dyed-in-the-wool” Brooklynite from cradle to editorial chair.

    What's in the New York Evening Journal New York Evening Journal
  • But he was, doubtless, an eccentric though an experienced and dyed-in-the-wool socialist who had lectured over half the globe.

    Greenwich Village Anna Alice Chapin
  • This is genuine, dyed-in-the-wool sport, this is, and all the boys are yelling their heads off for their favorite.

    Camping Alexandra G. Lockwine
  • In thought it is a piece of dyed-in-the-wool old fogyism, but in form and literary style it is vigorous, jaunty, and amusing.

  • You're the only seasoned, all around, dyed-in-the-wool, genuwine cowpuncher in the whole outfit.

    The Pony Rider Boys in Texas Frank Gee Patchin
  • Dulut sa bukug nga Nasyunalista, dyed-in-the-wool Nationalist.

  • Not one person in a thousand will believe Im a real, bona-fide, dyed-in-the-wool widow!

  • He was a dyed-in-the-wool abolition Republican and took the Boston Transcript for forty-six years.

    Great Possessions David Grayson
  • Perhaps you do not know that I am myself of dyed-in-the-wool Southern and secession stock.

    Marse Henry (Vol. 1) Henry Watterson
British Dictionary definitions for dyed-in-the-wool

dyed-in-the-wool

adjective
1.
extreme or unchanging in attitude, opinion, etc
2.
(of a fabric) made of dyed yarn
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dyed-in-the-wool in Culture

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Thoroughgoing or complete: “The door-to-door salespeople are wasting their time with Evans; he's a dyed-in-the-wool advocate of shopping on the Internet.”

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