[dahyd-n-thuh-woo l]


through and through; complete: a dyed-in-the-wool reformer.
dyed before weaving.

Origin of dyed-in-the-wool

First recorded in 1570–80
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Examples from the Web for dyed-in-the-wool

Historical Examples of dyed-in-the-wool

  • A “Dyed-in-the-Wool” Brooklynite from cradle to editorial chair.

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


    Alexandra G. Lockwine

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

    Great Possessions

    David Grayson

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

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for dyed-in-the-wool



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


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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