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An individual with fixed, dedicated, committed, uncompromising, deep felt beliefs.


Jean Chretien was a dyed-in-the-wool Liberal. Why not, with all the patronage money to made in federal politics?


The phrase relates to the medieval method of adding dye to raw wool rather than to spun wool or finished cloth. The final colour was much more long lasting and deeply ingrained than dyeing at later stages of manufacture. If something is dyed-in-the-wool, it's unlikely to change.

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