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fleece

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noun \ˈflēs\

Simple Definition of fleece

  • : the woolly coat of a sheep

  • : a soft cloth that is used to make warm clothes

  • : a jacket made from this cloth

Full Definition of fleece

  1. 1 a :  the coat of wool covering a wool-bearing animal (as a sheep) b :  the wool obtained from a sheep at one shearing

  2. 2 a :  any of various soft or woolly coverings b :  a soft bulky deep-piled knitted or woven fabric used chiefly for clothing

Examples of fleece

  1. <learning how to shear the fleece off a sheep>



Origin of fleece

Middle English flees, from Old English flēos; akin to Middle High German vlius fleece and perhaps to Latin pluma feather, down


First Known Use: before 12th century

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fleece

verb

Simple Definition of fleece

  • : to deceive and take money from (someone)

Full Definition of fleece

fleecedfleec·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to strip of money or property by fraud or extortion b :  to charge excessively for goods or services

  3. 2 :  to remove the fleece from :  shear

  4. 3 :  to dot or cover with fleecy masses

Examples of fleece

  1. Don't let that salesman fleece you.

  2. an unsuspecting tourist fleeced by a scam artist



1537

First Known Use of fleece

1537

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FLEECE Defined for Kids

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fleece

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noun \ˈflēs\

Definition of fleece

  1. :  the woolly coat of an animal and especially a sheep




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fleece

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verb

Definition of fleece

fleecedfleec·ing

  1. :  to rob or cheat by trickery





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