Looking for a mechanic that won’t try to pull the fleece over my headPosted: March 1, 2018
This was posted on a neighborhood site in Baltimore looking for recommendations. It is a congruent conflation of “fleece” and “pull the wool over my eyes”, both meaning to cheat or deceive. Lots going on here in the recesses of the brain. Fleece as a noun is a lightweight jacket, so the idea of pulling it over one’s head makes sense. A fleece is also the woollen coat of a domestic sheep, so the speaker might have been thinking of wool and fleece at the same time. Using the word as a noun but thinking of it as a verb makes this a very interesting malaphor. Also, eyes are part of the head so the mixing of these body parts were clearly in the speaker’s brain. A big thanks to Larry Mason for spotting this one and sharing it.