Meaning of pocket in English:


Pronunciation /ˈpɒkɪt/

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  • 1A small bag sewn into or on clothing so as to form part of it, used for carrying small articles.

    ‘she fished for her door key in her coat pocket’
    • ‘I turned around to see someone standing there with his hands in his pants pockets, smiling.’
    • ‘It has two zippered side-entry pockets and high-quality ribbing at the waist and cuffs.’
    • ‘Sadly this happened to us recently after my smart smart brother left a biro in his shirt pocket.’
    • ‘I've gotten in the habit of carrying a notebook in my coat pocket.’
    • ‘It will not only fit easily into a daypack, it can also be carried in a shirt pocket.’
    • ‘If the card is in your pocket when you are close to the car, a push of the button on the door handle will be enough to unlock it.’
    • ‘There was a leaf motif on a men's top, while denim jeans featured pin-tuck pockets.’
    • ‘Well, if you are wearing a swimsuit, there certainly isn't going to be a pocket for you to carry these things.’
    • ‘Others, including myself, just folded them up to carry in our shirt pockets.’
    • ‘Evan strolled ahead, hands in pockets, cap tilted forward on his brow.’
    • ‘All the coats have hidden pockets, pouches and hook and loop fasteners just like their tactical vests.’
    • ‘Khaki green dominates the trouser line, topped by classic military shirts with contrasting pockets.’
    • ‘He had his hands in his jeans pockets as he leaned against the tree.’
    • ‘Parkas are tricked out with watertight zippers and pockets for everything from cell phones to goggles.’
    • ‘But Kevin was already skipping down the street, camera in pocket, cell phone in hand.’
    • ‘Purses and wallets in coat pockets make for an easy target, so put your cash, cards and keys in an inside pocket well out of reach.’
    • ‘Brooches will be everywhere this winter, but worn not only on a lapel, but also on bags, the pockets of jeans and even beanie hats.’
    • ‘A crowd pleaser was the dark denim jean skirt with pink pockets, paired with a pink tank top.’
    • ‘And for extra room in the seat, try jeans with a low waist, low pockets and a bit of a flare around the ankle.’
    • ‘I shove his wallet in my back pocket and slam the compartment shut, locking it before I leave.’
    bag, purse, wallet, sack, sac, pocket, container, receptacle
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    1. 1.1A flexible compartment providing separate storage space, for example in a suitcase or car door.
      ‘the pack has two main compartments and four pockets’
      • ‘There are storage pockets in all four doors, which is always appreciated.’
      • ‘The process also allows for part integration, like storage bins, map pockets and cup holders built into door panels.’
      • ‘There are plenty more stowage points dotted around the car, including glove box, front door pockets, cup and bottle holders, and a special slide out shelf beneath the front seats.’
      • ‘There are small door pockets and a glove compartment, plus a couple of cup holders.’
      • ‘Once safely ensconced inside there is ample space provided to put cups, though very little space in the door pockets for anything.’
      • ‘A floor-mounted console includes a storage pocket, two cup holders and the gear lever, behind which there are more storage pockets and another cup holder.’
      • ‘Brief or laptop cases will most likely include many compartments and pockets for ample storage.’
      • ‘There are moulded door pockets, solid, well-made, integrated armrests, speakers in the doors and chunky, brushed aluminium door handles.’
      • ‘I've never been in a car with so many pockets, compartments and clever little spaces to soak up the detritus of modern family driving.’
      • ‘Interior storage space is limited and otherwise decent door pockets are spoiled by designer handles which block access to them.’
      • ‘The cabin has plenty of storage spaces, but the door pockets would be much more useful with flexible sides instead of rigid ones.’
      • ‘There are also door bins, pockets and a roomy glovebox.’
      • ‘Where storage is concerned, I particularly like the moulded map pockets in the doors, which are hinged from the bottom.’
      • ‘The floor in the passenger compartment is flat, and map pockets on the doors can accommodate water bottles.’
      • ‘There are bottle holders on all the doors, door trim pockets, a front-seat back pocket, and cup holders.’
      • ‘With pockets and compartments aplenty, you run the risk of losing everyday essentials such as sweeties, bus passes, etc in the massive black hole which is the space inside the bag.’
      • ‘She found my open backpack in the closet and carefully went through all its pockets and compartments.’
      • ‘A bewildering array of storage cubbyholes, pockets, drawers and cupholders will certainly satisfy the most demanding owner.’
      • ‘He reached into a pocket of his suitcase and pulled out a small box.’
      • ‘There are no door pockets, just a couple of cubby holes between the seats.’
      compartment, pouch, receptacle, sack, cavity
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    2. 1.2South African A narrow sack in which agricultural produce is sold, used as a measure for trading.
      • ‘consumers are paying the same for 10 kg pockets of potatoes as they paid for 15 kg pockets last year’
      bag, pack, pouch, pocket
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    3. 1.3Billiards Snooker An opening at the corner or on the side of the table into which balls are struck.
      ‘Wisely selecting the six ball for the side pocket, you carefully position the cue ball.’
      • ‘I leaned over the table, aiming to bounce the white ball off of a side to knock a blue ball into the corner pocket.’
      • ‘The pool hall was full of seedy characters as Sabrina sunk a red ball into the corner pocket, slamming two more in on rebound.’
      • ‘Attempting to position the cue ball for a pot on the black to a centre pocket, he experienced an unusually excessive bounce off the top cushion which took the white way past its intended spot.’
      • ‘It made contact with the eight ball and I bit my lip nervously as the ball ever so slowly rolled towards the center pocket.’
    4. 1.4 informal A person's financial resources.
      • ‘the food was all priced to suit the hard-up airman's pocket’
      • ‘Kind-hearted readers have dug deep into their own pockets to replace the money stolen from a collection tin destined for our Cancer Appeal.’
      • ‘A wide variety of hotels are available to suit all pockets.’
      • ‘Like any parent whose pockets are empty, I turned a deaf ear.’
      • ‘The composer has paid the physical costs of the production out of his own pocket, a contribution tantamount to self publishing.’
      • ‘The congregation has already dug deeply in its collective pockets to finance these.’
      • ‘It counts on the largesse of the largest financial pockets in the city, both private and corporate.’
      • ‘And he would be up against Apple, a company with bottomless pockets in comparison.’
      • ‘Schemes that promise to double your money overnight are guaranteed to empty your pockets.’
      • ‘They want him to stick his hand in his nicely-lined pockets, and finance a death-or-glory spree.’
      • ‘‘You do need a fairly deep pocket to finance the running of an estate,’ concedes Bound.’
      • ‘As many gamblers have testified, taking a chance with your cash is likely to lead to heartache and empty pockets.’
      • ‘Those currencies promote economic diversity and direct local resources to local pockets rather than to global companies' vaults.’
      • ‘Few businesses in this world are started by individuals with bottomless pockets and endless resources.’
      • ‘There were too many theatre seats in the borough and other venues were targeting the same audiences with greater resources and deeper pockets than the town hall.’
      • ‘You may leave with empty pockets but you will take home great memories, and probably the hangover of a lifetime.’
      • ‘So Richard and Leo sell off their assets, empty their pockets and borrow some money from a studio.’
      • ‘The chief executive says he has no plans to ask his shareholders to dip into their pockets to raise further finance.’
      • ‘Followers of York Wasps have dug deep - into their pockets and their emotional resources - to get the club this far.’
      • ‘Both stressed that they were financing the expedition out of their own pockets and all the funds they raise will go directly to Oasis House.’
      • ‘Indeed, Forward talks at great length about how boring life in Malmesbury is for teenagers with empty pockets.’
      means, budget, resources, financial resources, finances, funds, money, capital, assets, wherewithal
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  • 2A small patch of something.

    ‘some of the gardens still had pockets of dirty snow in them’
    • ‘A month or so ago I called at Browns Nursery in Wigginton to buy a few primulas to give the garden pockets of bright colour.’
    • ‘The temperature plummeted; large slabs of permanent ice replaced occasional pockets of snow.’
    • ‘Then Bob took over, planting colorful flowers in poolside pockets and on the terraced hillside.’
    • ‘Breathtaking views were around every corner and the elevation is so high that pockets of snow lay alongside the road.’
    • ‘Over the past three decades, he has called in designers to create little pockets of greenery in what he calls his ‘garden rooms’.’
    • ‘While there were some small pockets of snow in some areas of Deep River, there was no snow or ice in the area of the accident.’
    • ‘Well, there still may be some pockets of standing water in New Orleans.’
    • ‘The bar was tightly packed but Adam spotted a small pocket of space, enough for a lithe body to glide through.’
    • ‘The stages we set in small pockets of space within the forest, with a back drop of wooded mountains shrouded in low cloud.’
    • ‘When we took the family walk to the park we'd pass through pockets of warmth, as if someone had saved summer in a bottle and dropped it on the sidewalk for all to enjoy.’
    • ‘Coastguards fear young children on day trips to the beach with their parents could get caught out by sudden pockets of deep water and tidal currents.’
    area, patch, small area, isolated area, district, region, island, cluster, centre
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    1. 2.1A small, isolated group or area.
      ‘there were pockets of disaffection in parts of the country’
      • ‘It is calling for a new approach to nature conservation, focusing on whole landscapes rather than isolated pockets.’
      • ‘Famine is biting deep in isolated pockets all over the country.’
      • ‘There are coalitions, but they're in separate pockets around the country, it is not a national coalition.’
      • ‘It has emerged that Bradford Council is considering selling off pockets of green space to builders.’
      • ‘He outlined how no major housing scheme was built in Newbridge in the last six years and the land at Rickardstown was closer to the town centre than many other green field pockets.’
      • ‘Unlike cities like Leeds, where trouble is in pockets outside the city centre, trouble in Bradford always affects the centre because it is such a small place.’
      • ‘For, unless the projects are implemented on a large scale, the impact on development will stay this way, in small pockets and in certain regions.’
      • ‘Part of the initial problem was that there were pockets of people who had different views, and some people were taken aback by what they were saying.’
      • ‘The estate is a pocket of lawlessness and it is not tolerable that people have to live with that.’
      • ‘The consignment was also supposed to be distributed in selected pockets of other northeastern states, especially Mizoram.’
      • ‘From rooftops to alleys, combined military forces are battling pockets of remaining fighters.’
      • ‘The city is small and comforting, and its people live in genteel pockets of suburbia and have 1950s good manners.’
      • ‘Simon is the new identikit picture in affluent pockets of modern Scotland - and he needs a new breed of private bank to look after his affairs.’
      • ‘They are doing deliberate patrols with aircraft to try and locate any pockets of people.’
      • ‘Yes, he agrees, there are pockets of development, but you have to have breakthrough points.’
      • ‘The exceptional case made for Hastings is that it is the poorest town in the region with pockets of severe deprivation.’
      • ‘Our audience in Winnipeg was all blue hair with pockets of young people and gay men.’
      • ‘If a large pocket of elderly people forms, then ambulance services should be expanded to that area.’
      • ‘While the centre of Paris is almost unbroken in its beauty from one end of the Seine to the other on either bank, Berlin is a compartmentalised city with pockets of life and interest.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, for those who do not have recourse to a dacha in the relatively cooler sylvan pockets of the Moscow region, options for cooling off may seem few and far between.’
      area, patch, small area, isolated area, district, region, island, cluster, centre
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    2. 2.2A cavity in a rock or stratum filled with ore or other material.
      ‘This suggests that the mantle convects as a whole, although the geochemists now require an explanation for the existence of pockets of unmixed mantle material.’
      • ‘Many of the large pillow pockets are filled with powdery white thaumasite that has the consistency of freshly fallen snow.’
      • ‘Some of the material from the junction pockets was clear enough to produce fine gemstones.’
      • ‘Corroded danburite up to 8 cm in length was abundant around footwall portions of the pocket.’
      • ‘Foitite and rossmanite were confirmed only in pocket no.28, which contained all four species.’


  • 1Of a suitable size for carrying in a pocket.

    ‘a pocket German dictionary’
    • ‘A spokeswoman also said that in 100 years, the pocket dictionary had almost doubled in size, reflecting the expansion in the language.’
    • ‘And if you really want to get philosophical, bring a pocket dictionary.’
    • ‘A little French is indispensable, even if it's just from pocket dictionaries and phrase books.’
    • ‘The user gains access to it through a device the size of a pocket calculator, which generates a different password every time one attempts to access the bank account.’
    • ‘I have found myself many times in foreign lands hopelessly trying to refold enormous maps back to their original pocket size.’
    • ‘Very sensibly, Sasha carries a pocket notebook with her wherever she goes, to record anything which tickles her fancy.’
    • ‘The perfect pocket size read for stimulating thought on the train ride to work.’
    • ‘They carry pocket telescopes to spy through when they walk abroad.’
    • ‘Most of us carry around a pocket computer as a matter of routine.’
    • ‘She examined items from her bag: a clock, a wooden frame the size of a pocket calculator, something with a wooden handle.’
    • ‘I carry a little pocket PC around with me, and it has every plan for every job we're working on.’
    • ‘This is an enormously complex work, despite the fact that it is only the size of a pocket handkerchief.’
    • ‘Equally, a system which can't display on a full size XGA display is trapped in small-screen pocket devices.’
    • ‘The XL is a powerful, pocket size light tipping the scales at a feathery 5 ounces.’
    • ‘They are, however, well-designed pocket revolvers for those who can and must carry a gun for personal protection.’
    • ‘In any case, a healthy demand for small, portable handguns caused important advances in pocket pistol design.’
    • ‘Bill Rogers' design for Safariland, new this year, is another advance in pocket holsters.’
    • ‘The controller contains photodetectors and a broadband infrared source such as the type of small incandescent lamp used in pocket flashlights.’
    • ‘Now available in pocket size, the Book of Our Heritage, three-volume set is the perfect companion to take with you anywhere you go.’
    • ‘Terrorism experts said the hijackers could have armed themselves with nothing more than pocket knives.’
    minute, small-scale, scaled-down, mini, baby, toy, pocket, fun-size, petite, dwarfish, knee-high, miniature, minuscule, microscopic, nanoscopic, infinitesimal, micro, microscale, diminutive, pocket-sized, reduced, Lilliputian
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    1. 1.1On a small scale.
      ‘a 6,000 acre pocket paradise’
      • ‘The great leap forward in pocket auto design came in the mid-1990s.’
      • ‘Although Lees-Milne relished writing in Beckford's library, his wife was miserable with only a pocket garden.’
      • ‘The film is based on the British Navy's triumph over a German pocket battleship, the Graf Spee, in the early months of the second world war.’
      small, little, miniature, mini, compact, fun-size, concise, abridged, potted, portable
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verbverb pockets, verb pocketing, verb pocketed

[with object]
  • 1Put into one's pocket.

    ‘she watched him lock up and pocket the key’
    • ‘He locked the doors, pocketed his keys, and walked to me.’
    • ‘As I pocketed the bill, still sensing their hostility, I readied my escape plan.’
    • ‘After a moment of hesitation, Joe shrugged and pocketed the money.’
    • ‘With a sigh, I pocketed the money, and stepped to the rear of the car.’
    • ‘Ian climbed from the truck, locked it, and pocketed the keys.’
    • ‘He quickly pocketed the talisman, and then handed Hawking one of his cards.’
    • ‘‘Okay, well, I have to go,’ he said, as he pocketed the envelope and kissed her on the forehead.’
    • ‘Garland pocketed the knife and headed back to show everyone the spot.’
    • ‘She pocketed the folded bills, thinking about going into the nearest town to buy food that would last a long time.’
    • ‘Mark caught the ball and pocketed it, and then looked at Colleen.’
    • ‘She pocketed her beloved cellphone and the keys Nicki had given her the first day.’
    • ‘He handed her a card, which she pocketed without looking at it.’
    • ‘He pocketed the small lock pick, pulled out his gun, and carefully threw open the door.’
    • ‘I handed it to the shopkeeper who handed me a small bag of sugar, which I pocketed as a treat for later.’
    • ‘She beamed at him, pocketing the money, and leant on her elbows on the table, deep in conversation with Tom about the show.’
    • ‘The guy gave an unnatural smile, pocketed his glasses and locked the door.’
    • ‘He pocketed the cellphone, keys and the revolver, and bolted out the door.’
    • ‘The man pondered the collection of objects, then pocketed all the items into his heavy overcoat, leaving the gun for last.’
    • ‘She locked the door behind her, and pocketed her keys.’
    • ‘The stewardess quickly pocketed the money Adriana handed her and walked away.’
    steal, take for oneself, help oneself to, appropriate, misappropriate, thieve, purloin, embezzle, expropriate
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    1. 1.1Take or receive (money or other valuables) for oneself, especially dishonestly.
      ‘local politicians were found to have been pocketing the proceeds of fund-raisers’
      • ‘Some borrowed money was pocketed by corrupt officials.’
      • ‘‘They pocketed the bribe money without ever delivering the quid pro quo,’ he said.’
      • ‘We have also had stories of lawyers pocketing money entrusted to them by clients and others allegedly being involved in corruption.’
      • ‘While pocketing this money the airlines have moved quickly to lay off employees in very large numbers.’
      • ‘In many instances he simply reached a settlement with the insurance company, forged his client's signature on the check, and pocketed the money.’
      • ‘She had signed false cheques and pocketed the money herself.’
      • ‘The cagey bartender was pocketing the money for himself and replenishing bottles with his own supply purchased at a nearby liquor store.’
      • ‘Allegations are made that some suppliers have pocketed the money without supplying the ordered books.’
      • ‘The use of subcontractors and the corruption rife in the industry can lead to the builder specifying the correct bricks but non-frost resistant bricks being used and various people pocketing the monetary difference.’
      • ‘There is a belief that taxes are somehow ‘stolen’ from the people by the Chancellor to put in his ‘war chest’, as if he were pocketing the cash himself.’
      • ‘He headed over to Ramon's house, swiped the videotape and pocketed it for himself.’
      • ‘Knight then pocketed the money by cashing the cheques at a post office in Chippenham.’
      • ‘Of course, it is not just a case of the doctors simply pocketing the surplus money.’
      • ‘Ordinary people saw little benefit, as the power distribution firms simply pocketed extra profit.’
      • ‘Between them they allegedly pocketed more than $100,000.’
      • ‘I guess the oil companies must be pocketing all the profits.’
      • ‘The charity, of course, did not exist and he planned on pocketing all the proceeds.’
      • ‘Prosecutors allege he pocketed up to 4 billion pesos in ill-gotten wealth.’
      • ‘The chairman pocketed nearly £800,000 in salary and bonuses.’
      steal, thieve, rob, pilfer, purloin, pocket, snatch, take, appropriate, abstract, help oneself to
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    2. 1.2Billiards Snooker Drive (a ball) into a pocket.
      ‘he pocketed the 8-ball on the break for a victory in the title game’
      • ‘I accepted the challenge to simply pocket the object ball in the side, and stop the cueball dead.’
      • ‘After pocketing a red ball, the player may shoot at his choice of colored balls.’
      • ‘The main reason not to use sidespin is it increases the difficulty of pocketing the ball.’
      • ‘If two balls are pocketed during a single stroke, the player may select which companion ball he wants for a cribbage.’
      • ‘With one stroke, he pockets all the balls and stands back in satisfaction.’
    3. 1.3Enclose as though in a pocket.
      ‘the fillings can be pocketed in a pitta bread’
      • ‘As they rode the fire receded to a faint glow pocketed in the otherwise dark of the desert night.’
    4. 1.4Suppress (one's feelings) and proceed despite them.
      ‘they were prepared to pocket their pride’
      • ‘By the next day I had an eye that looked as if it had done ten rounds with Mike Tyson, so it was time I pocketed my pride and visited a doctor!’
      • ‘He had not understood why she had acted like that but out of due respect for the girl he decided to pocket his own emotions as well.’


    in pocket
    • 1British Having enough money or money to spare; having gained in a transaction.

      ‘he knows how to stay in pocket and out of trouble’
      • ‘If they were to now reimburse those costs they would still be well in pocket.’
      • ‘It is, of course, much more sensible to take money from taxpayers and hand it over to mime artists to make sure that they are always in pocket.’
      • ‘But now, having pushed through the required changes to keep itself alive, it is the bondholders and creditors who have emerged triumphant and in pocket.’
      • ‘The plaintiffs are in pocket to the extent of £7,500 made on the realisation of the premises.’
      1. 1.1(of money) gained by someone from a transaction.
        ‘for every £100 staked a regular better will end up with £88 in pocket’
        • ‘Then, money in pocket won't make the difference.’
        • ‘Night after night, the money I had in pocket was less than the totaled checks.’
        • ‘Finally, the film's conclusion contains a note of hope for the future as Lou and Grace amble together, money in pocket and hand-in-hand.’
        • ‘I had said to him the day before that I might like to buy the original art to one of his Jeff Hawke strips, so there I was, money in pocket, ready to do so.’
        • ‘From the loftiest endowed chair holder, hefty salary in pocket, to the newest assistant professor, everyone makes a contribution.’
        • ‘Previously known as Dollar Brand because he always had dollars in pocket to buy jazz records from American sailors, Ibrahim has produced an unsurpassed body of jazz in his 40-year career.’
        • ‘A sensible approach to managing your tax affairs early on will ensure that your tax return is prepared in time and you are at least £100 in pocket.’
        • ‘You will end up healthier, clearer-headed, happier, slimmer and with more brass in pocket.’
        • ‘Gone are the days when a media man used to carry a plastic bag and a fountain pen, with no or little money in pocket, to report the day's events.’
    in someone's pocket
    • 1Dependent on someone financially and therefore under their influence.

      ‘it was important that the voters should not be seen to be in any man's pocket’
      • ‘The Institute of Justice did its best to prevent the Supreme Court decision to hand over private property to any rich developers who can get a couple of city councilors in their pocket.’
      • ‘The head doorman of the night club claimed he was a gangster figure with a police officer ‘in his pocket’ to whom he gave cocaine, a court heard today.’
    • 2Very close to and closely involved with someone.

      ‘I'm tired of villages where everyone lives in everyone else's pocket’
      • ‘So then we had a slight argument, with her saying that I can still spend time on the computer doing all the things that I like doing on it, 'cause she doesn't want to be living in my pocket.’
      • ‘And, because the cast are living in each other's pockets doing two shows a day for weeks on end, we become a family.’
      • ‘One has to remember that Cambridge is a tiny city and though all these poets don't exactly live in each others pockets we do see each other by accident as much as by design.’
    out of pocket
    • 1Having lost money in a transaction.

      ‘the organizer of the concert was £3,700 out of pocket after it was cancelled’
      • ‘I'm out of pocket again to the tune of about $3,000 and I wished I had listened to some good advice.’
      • ‘Unemployed Scott said the difficult decision has left him £200 out of pocket on the planned £1,600 holiday after he lost his deposit.’
      • ‘I want to represent my community but why should my family be out of pocket?’
      1. 1.1as modifier (of an expense or cost) paid for directly rather than being put on account or charged to some other person or organization.
        ‘Here's the chart they gave us this year to show the costs of your out-of-pocket expenses.’
        • ‘Because you're using pretax dollars, the accounts can slash your out-of-pocket costs by a third or more.’
        • ‘The costs do not include the out-of-pocket expenses borne by individuals and their families, nor the economic consequences of a reduced quality of life.’
        • ‘Total out-of-pocket cost for today: $3.50 for meat for two meals.’
        • ‘There are still bills to pay, plus something like $20,000 in out-of-pocket costs from the flood damage, he said.’
        • ‘The out-of-pocket costs shouldn't be the only consideration when it comes to an over-the-counter remedy.’
        • ‘Costs to the company would include claims on the time of certain company personnel as well as out-of-pocket expenses.’
        • ‘The operator can therefore receive the use of the equipment for a much smaller initial out-of-pocket expense.’
        • ‘This care is usually given in their own homes at no out-of-pocket cost.’
        • ‘Wheeler thought they had only agreed to reimburse for out-of-pocket expenses.’
    pay out of pocket
    • Pay for something with one's own money, rather than from a particular fund or account.

      ‘they don't have to worry about paying out of pocket for equipment and supplies’
      • ‘The alternative is to save money for a rainy day to pay out of pocket for treatments denied you.’
      • ‘The stock-market decline also has cut into people's retirement income and, consequently, their ability to pay out of pocket, Moore said.’
      • ‘What's your deductible, how much do you have to pay out of pocket?’
      • ‘After that, hurricane victims will either pay out of pocket for their hotel rooms or find other arrangements.’
      • ‘The principle behind the scheme holds that paying out of pocket for cheap mileage runs yields tremendous rewards in seat upgrades and thousands of free miles to use toward future travel.’
      • ‘Finding the resources yourself and paying out of pocket can be extremely expensive and difficult in the aftermath of a catastrophe.’
      • ‘Furthermore, uninsured Americans who lack any market power and pay out of pocket at the pharmacy naturally pay the highest prices for prescription drugs.’
      • ‘If he wanted the testing, he should pay out of pocket.’
      • ‘In looking more closely at the data on paying for conference attendance, we discovered that students are more likely to pay out of pocket.’
      • ‘Another patient had a yearlong wait for hip replacement surgery and he wasn't allowed to pay out of pocket to get it done earlier.’
    put one's hand in one's pocket
    • Spend or provide one's own money.

      ‘the club's manager has offered to put his hand in his pocket to pay for a player on loan’
      • ‘I would urge you to put your hand in your pocket and give some money to this family.’
      • ‘He simply became sick of putting his hand in his pocket for a hundred thousand pounds at each board meeting and he said ‘no more’.’
      • ‘‘Each poppy is only $2 and while that's not a lot to give it's surprising how fast it adds up when everyone puts their hand in their pocket,’ he said.’
      • ‘To get into the Premier League you have to put your hand in your pocket and if you are not prepared to do that you have to allow other people to step in.’
      • ‘The auction is expected to last almost half and hour, so get your nods and winks ready because there'll be plenty of opportunity to put your hand in your pocket!’
      • ‘As a guest, you'll never put your hand in your pocket, for the cost covers everything.’
      • ‘Management love work placements because it allows them to feel they are contributing to the community without the inconvenience of having to put their hand in their pocket.’
      • ‘Every day thousands of people go out, put their hand in their pocket and pay cash for their favourite newspaper.’
      • ‘But they were the best lads, never let me put my hand in my pocket on nights out, because I was playing for them while I was still at school.’
      • ‘If they occasionally need an extra five or ten million to land the missing link in their squad, what self-respecting billionaire wouldn't put his hand in his pocket?’


Middle English (in the sense ‘bag, sack’, also used as a measure of quantity): from Anglo-Norman French poket(e), diminutive of poke ‘pouch’. The verb dates from the late 16th century Compare with poke.