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fleece

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noun \ˈflēs\

Definition of fleece

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

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

Examples of fleece in a Sentence

  1. learning how to shear the fleece off a sheep

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Origin and Etymology of fleece

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

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Definition of fleece

fleeced

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fleecing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to strip of money or property by fraud or extortionb :  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 in a Sentence

  1. Don't let that salesman fleece you.

  2. an unsuspecting tourist fleeced by a scam artist

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First Known Use of fleece

1537

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FLEECE Defined for English Language Learners

fleece

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noun

Definition of fleece for English Language Learners

  • : the woolly coat of a sheep

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

  • : a jacket made from this cloth

fleece

verb

Definition of fleece for English Language Learners

  • : to deceive and take money from (someone)


FLEECE Defined for Kids

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fleece

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noun \ˈflēs\

Definition of fleece for Students

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


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fleece

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verb

Definition of fleece for Students

fleeced

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fleecing

  1. :  to rob or cheat by trickery



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