Rogue Ingrain

(A). Ingrain colours are what we call “fast colours,” colours which will not fly or wash out. A rogue ingrain means one rotten to the core, one whose villainy is deep-seated.

“Tis ingrain, sir; 'twill endure wind and weather.” —Shakespeare: Twelfth Night, i. 5.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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