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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Wool.
 
Dyed in the wool. A hearty good fellow. Cloth which is wool-dyed (not piece-dyed), is true throughout “and will wash.”   1
   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 adverse criticism.   2
       
“Maister Mainwaring’s much abuzed,
Most grievously for things accused,
       
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.
       
Peter Pindar: Middlesex Election, letter iii.
 


 Woodwar’dian Professor.Wool-gathering. 

 
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