Dyed in the wool. A hearty good-fellow. Cloth which is wool-dyed
(not piece-dyed), is true throughout “and will
No wool is so white that a dyer cannot blacken
it. No one is so free from faults that slander can find
nothing to say against him; no book is so perfect as to be free from
Maister Mainwaring's much abuzed,
Most grievously for things accuse,
And all the dowlish [devilish] pack;
E'en let mun all their poison spit,
My lord, there is no wooll zo whit
That dyers can't make black.
Middlesex Election, letter iii.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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