Definition for FLEECE

FLEECE, v.t.

  1. To shear off a covering or growth of wool.
  2. To strip of money or property; to take from, by severe exactions, under color of law or justice, or pretext of necessity, or by virtue of authority. Arbitrary princes fleece their subjects; and clients complain that they are sometimes fleeced by their lawyers. This word is rarely or never used for plundering in war by a licentious soldiery; but is properly used to express a stripping by contributions levied on a conquered people.
  3. To spread over as with wool; to make white. Thomson.

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