But, fully in their grasp, they fleeced him; and his thirty thousand dollars were lost.
Some of the insiders made millions; the public was fleeced of millions.
But I might have let it go at that, seeing it was their game and not one that I or anybody I cared about would get fleeced at.
The fleeced flock is to discover finally what is done with its wool.
Madame de Polignac has fleeced all the young men of quality here.
This opens a door to barefaced bribery and intimidation: some one will be fleeced.
The Baron Jeanrenaud and his mother must have fleeced M. d'Espard most preposterously, if what you say is correct.
Did he want to enter into some partnership by which the Government was to be fleeced?
Neither educated nor commercialized, he is fleeced by the buyers.
I came here ready to be bored and disgusted and fleeced of every nickel.
Old English fleos, from West Germanic *flusaz (cf. Middle Dutch vluus, Dutch vlies, Middle High German vlius, German Vlies), probably from PIE *pleus- "to pluck," also "a feather, fleece" (cf. Latin pluma "feather, down," Lithuanian plunksna "feather").
1530s in the literal sense of "to strip a sheep of fleece;" 1570s in the figurative meaning "to cheat, swindle," from fleece (n.). Related: Fleeced; fleecing.
To cheat or swindle: get back the money he'd fleeced me out of/ For these traders the function of the outside public speculator is to be fleeced (1577+)
the wool of a sheep, whether shorn off or still attached to the skin (Deut. 18:4; Job 31:20). The miracle of Gideon's fleece (Judg. 6:37-40) consisted in the dew having fallen at one time on the fleece without any on the floor, and at another time in the fleece remaining dry while the ground was wet with dew.