fleece

noun
\ ˈflēs How to pronounce fleece (audio) \

Definition of fleece

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the coat of wool covering a wool-bearing animal (such as a sheep)
b : the wool obtained from a sheep at one shearing
2a : any of various soft or woolly coverings
b : a soft bulky deep-piled knitted or woven fabric used chiefly for clothing

fleece

verb
fleeced; fleecing

Definition of fleece (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to strip of money or property by fraud or extortion
b : to charge excessively for goods or services
2 : to remove the fleece from : shear
3 : to dot or cover with fleecy masses

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Examples of fleece in a Sentence

Noun

learning how to shear the fleece off a sheep

Verb

Don't let that salesman fleece you. an unsuspecting tourist fleeced by a scam artist
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Players will certainly layer their apparel more rigorously for cold contests, with fleece turtlenecks a popular option and plenty of sweat-wicking cold-weather gear to keep players dry. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "How NFL Fields, and Players, Stay Warm for Winter Games," 16 Jan. 2019 With traders meeting clients over instant messages instead of cocktails and cigars, jeans and fleece vests are more commonplace. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, "Dressing for Deals, Wall Street Bankers Face Fashion Pitfalls," 12 Jan. 2019 By 2014, deliberately plain clothing (fleeces, New Balance sneakers) had become a full-blown trend in the form of normcore. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "How the Great Recession influenced a decade of design," 27 Dec. 2018 In addition to modern wool and cotton blends fleece for warmth, Gore-tex for water repellency, and even Kevlar for bullet-resistant helmets and vests all provide modern soldiers with the gear to operate in the toughest conditions. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "How British Soldiers in the Great War Dressed," 31 Dec. 2018 Some animals and a few people on foot or motorcycles, along with a couple of cargo trucks laden with sacks of alpaca fleece. Austin Merrill, WSJ, "The Amazon: The Heart of the World," 3 Dec. 2018 In the past few years, the model has worn everything from dad sneakers and fanny packs, to pull over fleeces and zip off cargo pants. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Wore an "Ugly" Fashion Trend and Made It Look So Chic," 28 Nov. 2018 The side panels are made from open-weave fleece to release body heat. The Editors, Outside Online, "15 Gifts for the Outdoorsy Mom," 1 May 2018 Another young man, dressed in a black fleece jacket, was not as brave. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "I Wore a Masters Green Jacket Around New York City," 10 Apr. 2013

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The public is getting fleeced on the naming rights for our baseball stadium — to the estimated tune of $50 to $100 million. Danny Westneat, The Seattle Times, "Whose stadium is it? They tell us it’s ours, only not when it comes to selling the big money name," 12 Dec. 2018 But the ability to replicate the Knights, who made the Stanley Cup final their first season, might not be possible given how badly some teams were fleeced by them. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "Seattle’s NHL team will get same favorable expansion draft rules as Vegas Golden Knights. What happens next is anyone’s guess.," 5 Dec. 2018 These grey fleece joggers from Adidas will keep you warm and stylish, and this grey crewneck sweatshirt from American Apparel has a similar vibe to Kylie’s. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner and Stormi Webster Match in Grey Sweatsuits and Beanies," 9 Dec. 2018 Elio was planning to fleece her because of her perceived weakness of not being under Hiram’s protection anymore. Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, ""Riverdale" Recap Season 3 Episode 7: Why Has No One Noticed Betty Is Missing?," 6 Dec. 2018 Burnout fleeces our economy for over $300 billion annually in absenteeism, job turnover, lost productivity and medical claims. Philip Chard, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Burnout reflects a conflict between our inner calling and what we have to do," 13 July 2018 Short on money, Gill plots against the pyramid scheme that fleeced her. Hal Boedeker, OrlandoSentinel.com, "'Central Florida' TV series comes from YouTube," 3 July 2018 Team owner fleeced the city for a sweetheart stadium deal and the team’s in the tank? Dan Sweeney, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Should the Marlins bring back teal permanently and re-rebrand as the Florida Marlins?," 5 June 2018 Yes, Thomas came with much fanfare in the Kyrie Irving trade to Boston, but Gilbert and Altman can't worry about having been fleeced. Dennis Manoloff, cleveland.com, "LeBron James provides 37-15-10 reminder of his value to Cavaliers: DMan video," 7 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of fleece

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1537, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for fleece

Noun

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

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fleece

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fleece

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the woolly coat of a sheep
: a soft cloth that is used to make warm clothes
chiefly British : a jacket made from this cloth

fleece

verb

English Language Learners Definition of fleece (Entry 2 of 2)

informal : to deceive and take money from (someone)

fleece

noun
\ ˈflēs How to pronounce fleece (audio) \

Kids Definition of fleece

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the woolly coat of an animal and especially a sheep

fleece

verb
fleeced; fleecing

Kids Definition of fleece (Entry 2 of 2)

: to rob or cheat by trickery

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