Meaning of fleece

fleece

Pronunciation: (flēs), [key]
— n., v., fleeced, fleec•ing.
—n.
  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.
—v.t.
  1. to deprive of money or belongings by fraud, hoax, or the like; swindle: He fleeced the stranger of several dollars.
  2. to remove the fleece of (a sheep).
  3. to overspread, as with a fleece; fleck with fleecelike masses: a host of clouds fleecing the summer sky.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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