verb (used with object), fleeced, fleec·ing.
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
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").