He even remembered to thank the voters and admonish cellphone companies for fleecing his fans.
It became the practice to levy blackmail on corporations either to be let alone, or for the purpose of fleecing the public.
Commend me to the French hotel-proprietor for fleecing you in cold blood.
Violations of the criminal law and the various forms of sweating and fleecing one's fellow-men come under this category.
And all the way, never a hotel for the fleecing of the foreigner!
Dog,” said he fiercely, “hast thou not business enough of thine own in fleecing men, that thou shouldst interfere with me?
The house is then used for the fleecing of another novice; and so on.
When a poor man has almost undone himself for thy sake, thou art for fleecing him, and fleecing him.
He was further accused of fleecing the country for his own profit.
The reason is that these shopkeepers live by fleecing the rich as the rich live by fleecing the poor.
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.