Fleece

Definition of Fleece

Pronunciation: flēs
n.1.The entire coat of wool that covers a sheep or other similar animal; also, the quantity shorn from a sheep, or animal, at one time.
Who shore me
Like a tame wether, all my precious fleece.
- Milton.
2.Any soft woolly covering resembling a fleece.
3.(Manuf.) The fine web of cotton or wool removed by the doffing knife from the cylinder of a carding machine.
Fleece wool
wool shorn from the sheep.
Golden fleece
See under Golden.
v. t.1.To deprive of a fleece, or natural covering of wool.
[imp. & p. p. Fleeced ; p. pr. & vb. n. Fleecing.]
2.To strip of money or other property unjustly, especially by trickery or fraud; to bring to straits by oppressions and exactions.
Whilst pope and prince shared the wool betwixt them, the people were finely fleeced.
- Fuller.
3.To spread over as with wool.

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