verb (used with object), fleeced, fleec·ing.
Origin of fleece
Examples from the Web for fleece
They could be pajama bottoms, sweats, fleece kind of things.
But he soon discovers that his newfound clout came with a fleece attached.
Another concern was that con artists would find ways to fleece the unsuspecting, by concealing the true odds of winning.
Then Medea and Jason went forth from the ship, and followed the path, seeking for the great bush whereon the fleece was hung.Stories of the Old world|Alfred John Church
This fleece is now, among other curiosities, at the Portsmouth Institute.Blue Lights|R.M. Ballantyne
These fibers, or hairs, are so roughened that they push all dirt away from the skin toward the outside of the fleece.Agriculture for Beginners|Charles William Burkett
As they were Knights of the Fleece, it was necessary to set aside the statutes of the Order.The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume II.(of III) 1566-74|John Lothrop Motley
In 1757 he published the Fleece, his greatest poetical work; of which I will not suppress a ludicrous story.The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in Nine Volumes|Samuel Johnson
Word Origin for fleece
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.