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Idioms for Rughookers


I came across these idioms – a few were very familiar, and a couple were new to me. Thought you’d get a kick out of them, too…

More cry than wool:
A great deal of fuss, noise, fanfare, or protestation over something of little or no substance, importance, or relevance. For example, My opponent has been making outlandish claims about my track record, but I assure you, his remarks are more cry than wool.
Variants: All cry and no wool, and Great cry and little wool.

All wool and a yard wide
Genuine, not fake; of excellent quality; also, honorable. For example, You can count on Ned – he’s all wool and a yard wide. This metaphorical term alludes to a length of highly valued pure-wool cloth that measures exactly a yard (and not an inch less). [Late 1800s]

Pull the wool over someone’s eyes
Deceive or hoodwink someone, as in His partner had pulled the wool over his eyes for years by keeping the best accounts for himself. This term alludes to the former custom of wearing a wig, which when slipping down can blind someone temporarily. [c. 1800]


if you describe someone as dyed-in-the-wool, you mean they have a very strong position and will not change (always before noun). Example: He’s a dyed-in-the-wool traditionalist where cooking is concerned – he won’t have any modern gadgets in the kitchen. or He’s a dyed-in-the wool farmer. From clothing made from yarn that was dyed before weaving, so the dyeing process was more likely to be thorough, and the fabric would retain its color longer.

Indulging in wandering fancies or absent-minded indulgence in fantasy; daydreaming. As in Stop your woolgathering and do the dishes!
Origin: the practice of wandering to gather tufts of wool caught on thorns and hedges.

Oh, and thanks to www​.yourdictionary​.com​, the American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms, and the Oxford English Dictionary, she said sheepishly


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