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!

Definitions of fleece
  1. noun
    outer coat of especially sheep and yaks
    synonyms: wool
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    type of:
    coat, pelage
    growth of hair or wool or fur covering the body of an animal
  2. noun
    the wool of a sheep or similar animal
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    type of:
    fiber sheared from animals (such as sheep) and twisted into yarn for weaving
  3. noun
    tanned skin of a sheep with the fleece left on; used for clothing
    synonyms: sheepskin
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    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:
    an animal skin made smooth and flexible by removing the hair and then tanning
  4. verb
    shear the wool from
    synonyms: shear
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    type of:
    shave, trim
    cut closely
  5. noun
    a soft bulky fabric with deep pile; used chiefly for clothing
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    type of:
    cloth, fabric, material, textile
    artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers
  6. verb
    rip off; ask an unreasonable price
    synonyms: gazump, hook, overcharge, pluck, plume, rob, soak, surcharge
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    charge (someone) too little money
    extort, gouge, rack, squeeze, wring
    obtain by coercion or intimidation
    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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