But he soon discovers that his newfound clout came with a fleece attached.
They could be pajama bottoms, sweats, fleece kind of things.
Another concern was that con artists would find ways to fleece the unsuspecting, by concealing the true odds of winning.
I said in my heart, O that I might be permitted to try the fleece once more in turning our faces towards Athens.
Her lamb had a fleece of diamonds, and her palm-branch had become the colour of heaven.
The goats scratch their bodies with their horns and make the fleece appear a little ragged.
Cæsar's head was as white and tight-curled as the fleece of a pet lamb.
This time the ground was to be wet and the fleece of wool dry.
I sold her fleece in the spring for forty-five cents a pound.
Then he shoved the weapon into Denton's hand, and hurried him over the shingle with the remark, 'Now chuck off the fleece, Peter.
Old English fleos, from West Germanic *flusaz (cf. Middle Dutch vluus, Dutch vlies, Middle High German vlius, German Vlies), probably from PIE *pleus- "to pluck," also "a feather, fleece" (cf. Latin pluma "feather, down," Lithuanian plunksna "feather").
1530s in the literal sense of "to strip a sheep of fleece;" 1570s in the figurative meaning "to cheat, swindle," from fleece (n.). Related: Fleeced; fleecing.
To cheat or swindle: get back the money he'd fleeced me out of/ For these traders the function of the outside public speculator is to be fleeced (1577+)
the wool of a sheep, whether shorn off or still attached to the skin (Deut. 18:4; Job 31:20). The miracle of Gideon's fleece (Judg. 6:37-40) consisted in the dew having fallen at one time on the fleece without any on the floor, and at another time in the fleece remaining dry while the ground was wet with dew.