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English noun: fleece

1. fleece (substance) the wool of a sheep or similar animal

Broader (hypernym)wool

2. fleece (substance) tanned skin of a sheep with the fleece left on; used for clothing


Broader (hypernym)leather

Narrower (hyponym)Golden Fleece

3. fleece (artifact) a soft bulky fabric with deep pile; used chiefly for clothing

Broader (hypernym)cloth, fabric, material, textile

4. fleece (animal) outer coat of especially sheep and yaks


Broader (hypernym)coat, pelage

English verb: fleece

1. fleece (possession) rip off; ask an unreasonable price

ExamplesThey fleece him of all his money

Synonymsgazump, hook, overcharge, pluck, plume, rob, soak, surcharge

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)cheat, chisel, rip off

Narrower (hyponym)extort, gouge, rack, squeeze, wring

Entailbill, charge


2. fleece (contact) shear the wool from

SamplesShear sheep.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)shave, trim

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