- the coat of wool that covers a sheep or a similar animal.
- the wool shorn from a sheep at one shearing.
- something resembling a fleece: a fleece of clouds in a blue sky.
- a fabric with a soft, silky pile, used for warmth, as for lining garments.
- the soft nap or pile of such a fabric.
- to deprive of money or belongings by fraud, hoax, or the like; swindle: He fleeced the stranger of several dollars.
- to remove the fleece of (a sheep).
- to overspread, as with a fleece; fleck with fleecelike masses: a host of clouds fleecing the summer sky.
Origin of fleece
Related Words for fleecingcheat, gouge, overcharge, defraud, swindle, shaft, rook, clip, rob, burn, pluck, milk, flimflam, rifle, hustle, mulct, strip, despoil, cozen, bleed
Examples from the Web for fleecing
Contemporary Examples of fleecing
He even remembered to thank the voters and admonish cellphone companies for fleecing his fans.Mohammed Assaf: From Underdog to Idol
June 25, 2013
Historical Examples of fleecing
It was beastly to think of fleecing the girls, don't you know.The History of Sir Richard Calmady
Commend me to the French hotel-proprietor for fleecing you in cold blood.An Englishman in Paris
Albert D. (Albert Dresden) Vandam
And all the way, never a hotel for the fleecing of the foreigner!Sweethearts at Home
S. R. Crockett
The house is then used for the fleecing of another novice; and so on.Sober by Act of Parliament
Fred A. McKenzie
He said that fleecing me would be child's play for the merest beginner.A Top-Floor Idyl
George van Schaick
- the coat of wool that covers the body of a sheep or similar animal and consists of a mass of crinkly hairs
- the wool removed from a single sheep
- something resembling a fleece in texture or warmth
- sheepskin or a fabric with soft pile, used as a lining for coats, etc
- a warm polyester fabric with a brushed nap, used for outdoor garments
- a jacket or top made from such a fabric
- to defraud or charge exorbitantly; swindle
- another term for shear (def. 1)
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").