- the woolly covering of a sheep or goat；the wool shorn from a sheep in a single piece at one time
- obtain a great deal of money from (someone), typically by overcharging or swindling them；cover as if with a fleece
verb: fleece, 3rd person present: fleeces, gerund or present participle: fleecing, past tense: fleeced, past participle: fleeced
noun: fleece, plural noun: fleeces
- 1. the woolly covering of a sheep or goat as the sheep came on board, we grabbed their long shaggy fleeces he clutched the ram by two handfuls of thick fleece
- ▪ the wool shorn from a sheep in a single piece at one time the shed can be used for storing fleeces
- ▪ a representation of a fleece suspended from a ring.
- 2. a soft warm fabric with a texture similar to sheep's wool, used as a lining material a reversible fleece jacket
- ▪ a jacket or other garment made from a fleece fabric.
- 1. informal obtain a great deal of money from (someone), typically by overcharging or swindling them the city's cab drivers are notorious for fixing fares and fleecing tourists
- 2. literary cover as if with a fleece the sky was half blue, half fleeced with white clouds