fleeced

[fleest]
adjective
1.
having a fleece of a specified kind (usually used in combination): a thick-fleeced animal.
2.
covered with fleece or a fleecelike material.
3.
(of a fabric) having a softly napped surface.

Origin:
1520–30; fleece + -ed3

unfleeced, adjective
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fleece

[flees]
noun
1.
the coat of wool that covers a sheep or a similar animal.
2.
the wool shorn from a sheep at one shearing.
3.
something resembling a fleece: a fleece of clouds in a blue sky.
4.
a fabric with a soft, silky pile, used for warmth, as for lining garments.
5.
the soft nap or pile of such a fabric.
verb (used with object), fleeced, fleecing.
6.
to deprive of money or belongings by fraud, hoax, or the like; swindle: He fleeced the stranger of several dollars.
7.
to remove the fleece of (a sheep).
8.
to overspread, as with a fleece; fleck with fleecelike masses: a host of clouds fleecing the summer sky.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English flees, Old English flēos, flȳs; cognate with Middle Dutch vlies, Middle High German vlius, German Vlies

fleeceable, adjective
fleeceless, adjective
fleecelike, adjective
fleecer, noun
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fleece (fliːs)
 
n
1.  the coat of wool that covers the body of a sheep or similar animal and consists of a mass of crinkly hairs
2.  the wool removed from a single sheep
3.  something resembling a fleece in texture or warmth
4.  sheepskin or a fabric with soft pile, used as a lining for coats, etc
5.  a warm polyester fabric with a brushed nap, used for outdoor garments
6.  a jacket or top made from such a fabric
 
vb
7.  to defraud or charge exorbitantly; swindle
8.  another term for shear
 
[Old English flēos; related to Middle High German vlius, Dutch vlies fleece, Latin plūma feather, down]

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Word Origin & History

fleece
O.E. fleos, from W.Gmc. *flusaz (cf. M.Du. vluus, M.H.G. vlius, Ger. Vlies), probably from PIE *plus- (cf. L. pluma "feather, down," Lith. plunksna "feather"). The verb is 1530s in the literal sense of "to strip a sheep of fleece" and 1570s in the figurative meaning "to cheat, swindle." Related: Fleeced;
fleecing.
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Fleece definition


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.

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If you think someone stole their wealth, then yes, the rich fleeced them and
  made them poor.
If shareholders are getting fleeced by their own management, some remedy other
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Much of the rest of the menu leaves you with the distinct sense of having been
  fleeced.
These schemes victimize individuals over-inflated mortgages, and honest real
  estate investors fleeced out of their.
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