Definition of fleece in English:

fleece

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Pronunciation: /fliːs
 
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noun

1The woolly covering of a sheep or goat: as the sheep came on board, we grabbed their long shaggy fleeces [mass noun]: he clutched the ram by two handfuls of thick fleece
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  • Goats feel the cold and dislike damp and wet as they don't have thick fleeces like sheep or tough hide like cows.
  • The higher the altitude and the colder the climate, the fleece of the goats is softer and thicker and conducive to be used for shawls.
  • Classed as a primitive breed, they bear little resemblance to more common types of sheep with thick white fleeces.
1.1The wool shorn from a sheep in a single piece at one time: the shed can be used for storing fleeces
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  • The heavy fleece shorn from these lambs is of exceptional quality and very, very soft.
  • These padded garments, now known as gambesons, were made by sewing fleeces, raw wool or layers of woollen cloth between two layers of linen, felt or leather.
  • Before the hard times, she had simply sold her fleeces to the British Wool Board.
Synonyms
1.2 Heraldry A representation of a fleece suspended from a ring.
2 [mass noun] A soft warm fabric with a texture similar to sheep’s wool, used as a lining material: [as modifier]: a reversible fleece jacket
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  • Fusing American Indian imagery with functional fleece, cotton and Lycra, she produces snow boarding hats, tops and coats in earthy shades.
  • How important a role does polar or micro fleece play in your outerwear line?
  • I hardly noticed the chill in the air through my jacket and layers of fleece as a light rain began to fall, and the liquid movement of my paddle made me feel completely at one with the water.
2.1A jacket or other garment made from a fleece fabric.
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  • For the first time, the contract will involve the supply of the entire Garda uniform, including a blouson jacket with zip-in fleece, shirts, trousers and boots.
  • He was ‘scruffy’, wearing a dark jacket, grey fleece, hat and khaki trousers.
  • He is 30 minutes late and hardly cuts an imposing figure, dressed shabbily in an old pair of tracksuit bottoms and trainers, polo shirt and fleece.

verb

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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
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  • Whilst I found it all a bit depressing to see yet another way to fleece people of their money, my seven year old really likes it.
  • Should I tell him that he is crazy or should I say nothing and let her fleece him of his money?
  • This type of spam - which fleeces people by tricking them into calling a premium-rate number - is no longer a relatively small-scale concern, claimed the watchdog.
2 literary Cover as if with a fleece: the sky was half blue, half fleeced with white clouds

Origin

Old English flēos, flēs, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch vlies and German Vlies.

Derivatives

fleeced

adjective
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  • There was no word on how the views of criminally fleeced middle-class small investors would be incorporated into any discussions of reforms regulations in the market investment industry.
  • Thankfully, when I pitch up at the hostel, I am welcomed in like an old friend and there they are - the fleeced folk gathered in the kitchen.
  • Lambsdown is a heavy knit fabric that has a spongy fleeced nap on one side.

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