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

This light softshell has a fleece insulation lining and a durable water-repellent (DWR) finish. Adrienne So, WIRED, "26 Great Outdoor Deals From REI's Huge Labor Day Sale," 24 Aug. 2019 The patients were given a fleece blanket depicting their paintings to have while the original paintings are on view. Peggy Mcglone, Washington Post, "The art of working with chronically ill kids, creating ‘emotional portraits’ to help them heal," 14 Aug. 2019 Recycled jacket Jack Wolfskin Kiewa fleece jacket: Fleece running/hiking jacket made of 100% recycled plastic bottles and fabric remnants. Los Angeles Times, "A plant-based running shoe? Outdoor gear that’s kind to the planet," 8 Aug. 2019 Aspen has been awash in fleece vests and All Birds this week, thanks in large part to Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference, which rolls into its final day this morning. Fortune, "The ‘Superpower’ Behind Quibi, Meg Whitman’s New Company: The Broadsheet," 17 July 2019 The Wubby is made of a polyester fleece that looks like a teddy shearling. Kelsey Mulvey, Marie Claire, "The Thread & Supply Fleece That's All Over Instagram Is Less Than $50 at Nordstrom," 23 July 2019 Forty percent of San Francisco’s GDP comes from those fleeces. Cicero Estrella, The Mercury News, "Karl the Fog keeps things cool in Q&A about his first book," 3 July 2019 Other bar patrons — those who knew to line up well before 5 p.m., even on a Tuesday — were much more prepared in their leather jackets, scarves and layers of fleece. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Everdene, San Francisco’s newest rooftop bar, joins a crop of spots so hip but oh so cold," 19 June 2019 The company, which pioneered the production of synthetic fleece, said Tuesday that it would be acquired by Milliken & Co., a South Carolina company that also makes textiles, as well as specialty chemicals and floor coverings. BostonGlobe.com, "Polartec owner sells company to Milliken," 12 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

If a doctor fleeces Medicare, the agency can block that person from billing it — a crushing blow. Marshall Allen, ProPublica, "We Asked Prosecutors if Health Insurance Companies Care About Fraud. They Laughed at Us.," 10 Sep. 2019 Not surprisingly, this runs afoul of those already fleecing the neighborhood, forcing the trio into shifting alliances and showdowns, with the river providing a convenient place to dispose of the collateral damage. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'The Kitchen' cooks up a half-baked mob drama," 8 Aug. 2019 Obviously not every political consultant is fleecing small donors. Derek Willis, ProPublica, "How Fundraisers Convinced Conservatives to Donate $10 Million — Then Kept Almost All of It.," 26 July 2019 Somewhere behind a Bloomberg terminal, there’s a dude clutching the lapels of his Patagonia fleece vest. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "The Anonymous Instagrammer Midtown Uniform Reacts to Patagonia’s New Anti–Finance Bro Agenda," 3 Apr. 2019 How to Wear 21 Slides From white sneakers to fleece jackets, practical pieces are ruling fashion right now. Glamour, "5 Different Ways to Wear a Jumpsuit This Spring," 15 Mar. 2019 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

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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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