[ dahyd-n-thuh-wool ]
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  1. through and through; complete: a dyed-in-the-wool reformer.

  2. dyed before weaving.

Origin of dyed-in-the-wool

First recorded in 1570–80

Words Nearby dyed-in-the-wool

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How to use dyed-in-the-wool in a sentence

  • 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.

  • 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
  • Just to think of the nerve of him chasing the genuine dyed-in-the-wool chief out into the cold and taking his place!

    The Outdoor Chums After Big Game | Captain Quincy Allen
  • 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
  • "O, those dyed-in-the-wool football fiends don't care for a little thing like that," said Dick.

British Dictionary definitions for dyed-in-the-wool


  1. extreme or unchanging in attitude, opinion, etc

  2. (of a fabric) made of dyed yarn

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Cultural definitions for dyed-in-the-wool


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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