verb (used with object), fleeced, fleec·ing.
Origin of fleece
Related Words for fleececheat, gouge, overcharge, defraud, swindle, shaft, rook, clip, rob, burn, pluck, milk, flimflam, rifle, hustle, mulct, strip, despoil, cozen, bleed
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Contemporary Examples of fleece
They could be pajama bottoms, sweats, fleece kind of things.Chang-rae Lee: How I Write
January 22, 2014
But he soon discovers that his newfound clout came with a fleece attached.Chris Christie: What Lap Band?
May 8, 2013
Another concern was that con artists would find ways to fleece the unsuspecting, by concealing the true odds of winning.End the Government's Lottery Monopoly
Stephen L. Carter
April 23, 2011
Historical Examples of fleece
Her lamb had a fleece of diamonds, and her palm-branch had become the colour of heaven.The Dream
Csar's head was as white and tight-curled as the fleece of a pet lamb.Hetty's Strange History
Lachnocladium is from two Greek words meaning a fleece and a branch.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
Cæsar's head was as white and tight-curled as the fleece of a pet lamb.Hetty's Strange History
I sold her fleece in the spring for forty-five cents a pound.
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.