June 20, 2013 @ MoC
Greeks still say “Your dye is not selling” when referring to somebody who lost their prestige and/or charm, who is not influential anymore and even for a deceiver that nobody’s trusting them now. And for old ladies who for all the makeup cannot be charming as they used to be when young.
The idiom comes from ancient and medieval times when women would sell home made cosmetics and accessories, door to door. When the products of some seller would become very popular among women buyers for their quality etc, then women would say to the other sellers “Your dye is not selling”