fleece

A fleece is a sheep's coat. Or a goat's. Or a yak's. A person's coat can be called a fleece, too, if it comes from a sheep or goat or a yak or even if it just looks like it did.

You can also use fleece in an informal way to mean cheating someone. Remember how Mary had a little lamb whose fleece was white as snow? Well, it was such a nice, clean fleece that Mary tricked the lamb into trusting her, then robbed him of his fleece and turned it into a bomber jacket and a pair of boots. She totally fleeced him!

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: fleece

1
nv
outer coat of especially sheep and yaks
shear the wool from
2
n
a soft bulky fabric with deep pile; used chiefly for clothing
3
v
rip off; ask an unreasonable price
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: fleece
1

n outer coat of especially sheep and yaks

Synonyms:
wool
Type of:
coat, pelage
growth of hair or wool or fur covering the body of an animal

n the wool of a sheep or similar animal

Type of:
wool
fiber sheared from animals (such as sheep) and twisted into yarn for weaving

n tanned skin of a sheep with the fleece left on; used for clothing

Synonyms:
sheepskin
Types:
Golden Fleece
in Greek mythology, a fleece of gold owned by the king of Colchis and guarded in a sacred grove by a dragon; recovered by Jason and the Argonauts
Type of:
leather
an animal skin made smooth and flexible by removing the hair and then tanning

v shear the wool from

Synonyms:
shear
Type of:
shave, trim
cut closely
2

n a soft bulky fabric with deep pile; used chiefly for clothing

Type of:
cloth, fabric, material, textile
artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers
3

v rip off; ask an unreasonable price

Synonyms:
gazump, hook, overcharge, pluck, plume, rob, soak, surcharge
Antonyms:
undercharge
charge (someone) too little money
Types:
extort, gouge, rack, squeeze, wring
obtain by coercion or intimidation
bleed
get or extort (money or other possessions) from someone
Type of:
cheat, chisel, rip off
deprive somebody of something by deceit
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