Definitions

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  • v. To wheedle; coax; cajole; induce with fair words; flatter.
  • v. To use cajoling or flattering words; speak insincerely.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To wheedle; coax.

Etymologies

From Middle Dutch fletsen ("to flatter, fawn"). More at flatter. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • “Hout tout, man!” answered Jasper, “keep a calm sough; better to fleech a fool than fight with him.”

    The Monastery

  • Them two lads won't know how to fleech and flatter me enough.

    The Man Between: An International Romance

  • "Wha sang the day?" he asked anxiously, hoping that there had been some sore mishap, and that the minister, or even Mrs. Skinner herself, might come humbly chapping at his door to fleech with him to return.

    Bog-Myrtle and Peat Tales Chiefly of Galloway Gathered from the Years 1889 to 1895

  • "Hout tout, man!" answered Jasper, "keep a calm sough; better to fleech a fool than fight with him."

    The Monastery

  • Sized to hold up to a 13 inch MacBook, the bag has extra plush micro fleech padding inside to offer excellent protection for delicate requirements.

    andPOP.com

  • Philistines as weel as young Milnwood, and he was brought here a prisoner this morning, and I was fain to speak Tam Halliday fair, and fleech him to let me near the puir creature; but Cuddie wasna sae thankfu 'as he needed till hae been neither, "she added, and at the same time changed her tone, and briskly withdrew the handkerchief from her face;" so I will ne'er waste my een wi' greeting about the matter.

    Old Mortality, Complete

  • "If you think," he said, "that I am going to give up my mind to manage, as you womenfolks call it, and bring a thing about, and draw on the man and fleech the lassie, ye are just sair mistaken, Eelen.

    Kirsteen: The Story of a Scotch Family Seventy Years Ago

  • 'Hout tout, man!' answered Jasper, 'keep a calm sough: better to fleech a fool than fight with him.'"

    The Proverbs of Scotland

  • "Captain, it's no to fleech ony favour out o 'ye, for I scorn it -- and it's under protest that I reserve my action and pleas of oppression and wrongous imprisonment; -- but, being a friend to King George and his army,

    Rob Roy — Complete

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  • A rather unflattering verb.

    December 6, 2012