Origin of fleeced
verb (used with object), fleeced, fleec·ing.
Origin of fleece
Related Words for fleecedcheat, gouge, overcharge, defraud, swindle, shaft, rook, clip, rob, burn, pluck, milk, flimflam, rifle, hustle, mulct, strip, despoil, cozen, bleed
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Historical Examples of fleeced
Lambs, it is true, gambol, but in due time they all get fleeced.Crankisms
Lisle de Vaux Matthewman
Some of the insiders made millions; the public was fleeced of millions.Frenzied Finance
Thomas W. Lawson
Neither educated nor commercialized, he is fleeced by the buyers.A Poor Man's House
Stephen Sydney Reynolds
The fleeced flock is to discover finally what is done with its wool.The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 1 (of 6)
Hippolyte A. Taine
He was not represented in the Raad (legislature) that oppressed him and fleeced him.Following the Equator, Complete
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
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").