\ ˈflēst How to pronounce fleeced (audio) \

Definition of fleeced

1 : covered with or as if with a fleece
2 of a textile : having a soft nap

Examples of fleeced in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a 2017 decision, for instance, the Supreme Court shrank the amount of time regulators have to sue wrongdoers, significantly reducing the sums the SEC can seek to pay back fleeced investors. Dave Michaels, WSJ, "Supreme Court Justices Indicate They May Further Narrow SEC’s Enforcement Authority," 3 Mar. 2020 But draft picks have become part of the mix, largely because teams that give up the superior player cannot appear to have gotten fleeced. Jack Mccallum, SI.com, "A Clippers Summer: How L.A.’s ‘Other’ Team Stole the NBA Offseason," 9 July 2019 The company will reimburse the $87 million of public money already spent, so at least taxpayers won’t get fleeced. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Another Subsidy Letdown," 15 Feb. 2019 And from the stands where season ticket holders feel fleeced? Bud Shaw, cleveland.com, "The Browns run a reverse in hiring John Dorsey as GM -- Bud Shaw," 8 Dec. 2017 Here’s how to shop a going out of business sale without getting fleeced. Keith Barry, USA TODAY, "Here’s how to get the best deals at a going out of business sale," 18 Sep. 2017 One of the fleeced Neoteric investors was an 86-year-old Minnesota resident who lost $50,000 and another was an 80-year-old Arizona resident who lost $25,000, Hu alleged. City News Service, Orange County Register, "2 Anaheim residents face felony charges for investment scheme, documents show," 3 Apr. 2017 The walls of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood are light blue and fleeced with clouds. Tom Junod, Esquire, "Can You Say...Hero?," 6 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of fleeced

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Fleeced.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fleeced. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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