from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person who fleeces; a swindler
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who fleeces or strips unjustly, especially by trickery or fraund.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who fleeces or strips; one who takes by fraud or severe exactions.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
For the basic intention of mapping a friends or professional network, it works, until you fall victim to a network fleecer, who rack up numbers of friends from others.
This is a man who takes the modus operandi of the typical flock fleecer one step further than almost anyone else.
Reliable as always, he brought Flora and a bedsheet to the station, and drove away in the Land Rover with the well-wrapped picture and all my new climbing gear and paints and winter clothes (in duffle bag) and also my bagpipes, newly ransomed from the old fleecer, Donald Cameron, on his return from Inverness.
I want you, you fleecer, to take the boots off me, a poor tramp.
And he was an equal-opportunity fleecer, bilking friends, family, charities, sports stars, fellow financiers, pension funds and people of modest -- and now, thanks to him, no -- means.
And he was an equal-opportunity fleecer, bilking friends, family, charities, sports stars, fellow financiers, pension funds and people of modest - and now, thanks to him, no - means.
Unfortunately, the article doesn't say that the loss of attendees is because of growing enlightenment: it's because these organizations are dependent on the personal charisma of their leaders, and when they go, people just go searching for another happy sheep-fleecer.