Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - dyed-in-the-wool


having a trait that is thoroughly ingrained or basic to a person's nature


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - dyed-in-the-wool

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  What's with Harry and his bow ties?

Colleague 2:  I've been working here over twenty years and Harry has always worn a bow tie.

Colleague 1:  I guess he is a dyed-in-the-wool bow tie wearer.

Colleague 2:  I do believe that he is not even capable of changing that habit.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - dyed-in-the-wool

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  A couple of us have bought the new PlayStation 4 and it is really awesome. I think my Xbox will end up gathering dust in the corner. When are you going to try the new system?

Friend 2:  Never. I am a dyed in the wool Xbox fan. It is the first system I ever used and I will continue using it indefinitely.

Friend 1:  Even if there are better games on the PlayStation?

Friend 2:  Doesn't matter. I am sticking with my Xbox.

dyed-in-the-wool - Usage:


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dyed-in-the-wool - Gerund Form:

Being a dyed-in-the-wool liberal, she was never going to vote democrat.

dyed-in-the-wool - Examples:

1)  Literally every health care professional he had seen was a dyed-in-the-wool structuralist, and his mind was quite polluted with their theories: ...

2)  While I am not exactly a computer neophyte, I'm not a dyed-in-the-wool hacker by any means.

3)  ... the woman who wrote fifty-five-word flashes, a dyed-in-the-wool miniaturist. Me, write a novel? 

4)  ... revolution is creating a new breed of business IT jobs - and threatening to destabilise dyed-in-the-wool IT careers.

5)  ... defined by money, expert management, and fierce competition. "I'm a dyed-in-the-wool businessman," he admits.

6)  ... a lot of cool camera technology to get excited about here. But even dyed-in-the-wool Nokia fans may balk at the whopping price tag.

7)  ... and arrogant and have not adapted to the contemporary world but are stuck in the dyed-in-the-wool traditional holier-than-thou attitude of the 19th century.

8)  Don't give me that garbage that you aren't a republican. You're a dyed-in-the-wool right-wing fanatic who obviously gets your "facts" from Fox News and Rush Limbaugh.

9)  Here is my prediction: The dyed-in-the-wool young earth creationists will not read it, but they will reject it as heretical ...

10)  ... do know he is grasping and opportunistic with a much shakier moral code than his dyed-in-the-wool gangster cohorts.

11)  I guess Orwell was a prophet, not just your dyed in the wool sci-fi author. 

12)  ... sticking up for God when actually I am firmly on the fence and an a dyed in the wool agnostic but ...

13)  And just how are those dyed in the wool Conservatives going to vote in 2015, ...

14)  A lot of good stuff for dyed in the wool fans. I'm not sure about the modern family audience.

15)  We were over the moon and many of us became dyed in the wool Boro supporters as a result.

16)  ... so brainwashed that, rather like the red-top hardman himself, he has become too dyed in the wool to change his opinion now.

17)  ... of the great progressive uneducated. Pound was the real article, a dyed in the wool, 100% genuine supporter of Mussolini and Hitler. 

18)  I come from a long line of dyed in the wool Glaswegian Socialists, I am very left wing (I vote Scottish ...

19)  I was stunned actually because some of these folks were dyed in the wool Republicans and she just pushed them over the edge.

20)  You called me a fascist, when you know I am a dyed in the wool capitalist.