• WordNet 3.6
    • v fleece shear the wool from "shear sheep"
    • v fleece rip off; ask an unreasonable price
    • n fleece outer coat of especially sheep and yaks
    • n fleece a soft bulky fabric with deep pile; used chiefly for clothing
    • n fleece tanned skin of a sheep with the fleece left on; used for clothing
    • n fleece the wool of a sheep or similar animal
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Fleece Any soft woolly covering resembling a fleece.
    • Fleece The entire coat of wool that covers a sheep or other similar animal; also, the quantity shorn from a sheep, or animal, at one time. "Who shore me
      Like a tame wether, all my precious fleece ."
    • Fleece (Manuf) The fine web of cotton or wool removed by the doffing knife from the cylinder of a carding machine.
    • Fleece To deprive of a fleece, or natural covering of wool.
    • Fleece To spread over as with wool.
    • Fleece To strip of money or other property unjustly, especially by trickery or fraud; to bring to straits by oppressions and exactions. "Whilst pope and prince shared the wool betwixt them, the people were finely fleeced ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fleece The coat of wool that covers a sheep, or that is shorn from a sheep at one time. In commerce wools are distinguished as fleece-wools and dead-wools, the former being obtained from the living animals at the annual shearings, and the latter from animals that have been killed.
    • n fleece Something resembling a fleece of wool in quality or appearance.
    • n fleece Specifically— A textile fabric with a Soft silky pile, used for warmth, as for lining certain garments, gloves, etc.
    • n fleece The long and soft nap or pile of such a fabric.
    • n fleece The loose and thin sheet of cotton or wool coming from the breaking-card in the process of manufacture.
    • n fleece In heraldry, the woolly skin of a sheep, usually so depicted that it resembles the animal itself, suspended by means of a ring passing around its middle. It is the well-known pendent badge of the order of the Golden Fleece, and is also used as a bearing.
    • n fleece In a bison, the fat and lean meat which lies along the loin and ribs.
    • n fleece [⟨ fleece, v.] A snatch; an attempt to fleece.
    • fleece To deprive of the fleece or natural covering of wool.
    • fleece To clip or diminish, as a fleece: said of dishonest taking of goods or property.
    • fleece To strip of money or property unfairly or under false pretenses; rob heartlessly; take from without mercy.
    • fleece To spread over as if with a fleece of wool.
    • n fleece In anat., white fibers, resembling wool, encircling the corpus dentatum in the cerebellum. Also called fleece of Stilling.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fleece flēs the coat of wool shorn from a sheep at one time: anything like a fleece
    • v.t Fleece to clip wool from: to plunder: to cover, as with wool
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  • Abraham Lincoln
    “These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert, to fleece the people.”
  • Solon
    “Rich people without wisdom and learning are but sheep with golden fleeces.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. flees, AS. fleós,; akin to D. flies, vlies,


In literature:

There at such and such a point in the voyage for the golden fleece, were the rocks and the soul-devouring dragons of the way.
"William Lloyd Garrison" by Archibald H. Grimke
Like Jason of old, we have wandered far in quest of the golden fleece.
"The Reconstructed School" by Francis B. Pearson
Mannhardt reasons in much the same way about the Golden Fleece.
"Modern Mythology" by Andrew Lang
The fleeces are very fine, long and beautiful; and, in Thibet, where the breed is also found, are worked into shawls.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. 15 (of 18)" by Robert Kerr
The gulf was ridged with foam-fleeced breakers, and the water churned into green, tawny wastes.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Second Series" by John Addington Symonds
And there was one mighty ram far larger than all the others, and to this I clung, grasping the fleece tight with both my hands.
"The Children's Hour, Volume 3 (of 10)" by Various
After sunset the clouds have settled down upon the hills, and the snow comes in thick, impenetrable fleeces.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece" by John Addington Symonds
Now when Jason and his fellows were come to Colchis, they asked the fleece of the king of the country.
"Stories from the Greek Tragedians" by Alfred Church
The dragon that guarded the golden fleece was not more restless than I.
"Diderot and the Encyclopaedists (Vol 1 of 2)" by John Morley
The grass showed with a kind of green blush through its old brown fleece.
"Lazarre" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood

In poetry:

Sleep, sleep, and in the night
may your whispers be softer
than a leaf of grass,
or the silken fleece of lambs.
"The Sad Mother" by Gabriela Mistral
LEAN BACK, and get some minutes’ peace;
Let your head lean
Back to the shoulder with its fleece
Of locks, Faustine.
"Faustine" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
But now the North wind ceases,
The warm South-west awakes,
The heavens are out in fleeces,
And earth's green banner shakes.
"Tardy Spring" by George Meredith
We are the valiant Knights of Peace
Who prattle for the Right:
Our banner is of snowy fleece,
Inscrib'd: "TOO PROUD TO FIGHT!"
"Pacifist War Song - 1917" by Howard Phillips Lovecraft
Holds to his purpose,—ships of Greece,—
Ideal-steered afar,
For whom awaits the Golden Fleece,
The fame that is his star.
"Argonauts" by Madison Julius Cawein
Her golden hair gave me more joy
Than Jason's heart could hold,
When all his men cried out—Ah, look!
He has the Fleece of Gold!
"An Early Love" by William H Davies

In news:

Now is the time to select fleeces for the 72nd Wool Show this summer at Sonora , said a show official.
Lara's Library: The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook .
How Charter Schools Fleece Taxpayers.
Kelly's Kids: Today only, red fleece ruffle cape $12.99 + shipping (regular price $42).
It's a fleece sweatshirt with a front pouch that can carry small pets (weighing less than 10 pounds) with you during your daily activities.
The $30 billion-a-year industry continues to fleece borrowers with high rates and shady terms.
The Tazreen factory, opened in 2009 and employing about 1,700 people, makes polo shirts, fleece jackets and T-shirts.
It has been more than two decades since Senator William Proxmire issued his monthly Golden Fleece Award that often lampooned scientific projects for supposedly wasting taxpayer money.
There is also a triple-density, polar fleece face foam so they will be super comfy on long days.
The Looters & The Moochers Are Out To Fleece David AND Goliath .
When overnight guests descend for the holidays, it's time to transform spaces into quiet sleeping quarters as warm and cozy as a fleece robe.
In last month's column, I wrote about the good news and bad news regarding recycled polar fleece.
But when overnight guests descend for the holidays , it's time to transform those spaces into quiet sleeping quarters as warm and cozy as a fleece robe.
Red Fleece Hoodie with Snow White.
DP4253B Grey Fleece Hoodie with Mickey Mouse.