Origin of fleeced
verb (used with object), fleeced, fleec·ing.
Origin of fleece
Examples from the Web for fleeced
He was not represented in the Raad (legislature) that oppressed him and fleeced him.Following the Equator, Complete|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
The Hungarians were fleeced and barbarously oppressed by those to whom he intrusted the government of their country.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II.|Tobias Smollett
He was only anxious to serve me and have me fleeced as little as possible.
Was it possible that the haughty Lord Huntingford had fixed upon him as the next lamb to be fleeced?Nedra|George Barr McCutcheon
The men who were fleeced and had their small pay taken from them month after month, became reckless.Twenty Years a Detective in the Wickedest City in the World|Clifton R. Wooldridge
Word Origin for fleece
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.
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").