- 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 pocketMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1A pouch-like compartment providing separate storage space, for example in a suitcase or car door: the pack has two main compartments and four pocketsMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.3 Billiards & Snooker An opening at the corner or on the side of the table into which balls are struck.More example sentences
- 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.
- 1.4 • informal A person’s financial resources: the food was all priced to suit the hard-up airman’s pocketMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2A small patch of something: some of the gardens still had pockets of dirty snow in themMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2.1A small, isolated group or area: there were pockets of disaffection in parts of the countryMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2.2A cavity in a rock or stratum filled with ore or other material.More example sentences
- 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.
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- 1Of a suitable size for carrying in a pocket: a pocket German dictionaryMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1On a small scale: a 6,000 acre pocket paradiseMore example sentences
- 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.
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- 1Put into one’s pocket: she watched him lock up and pocket the keyMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1Take or receive (money or other valuables) for oneself, especially dishonestly: local politicians were found to have been pocketing the proceeds of fund-raisersMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.2 Billiards & Snooker Drive (a ball) into a pocket: he pocketed the 8-ball on the break for a victory in the title gameMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.3Enclose as though in a pocket: the fillings can be pocketed in a pitta breadMore example sentences
- As they rode the fire receded to a faint glow pocketed in the otherwise dark of the desert night.
- 1.4Suppress (one’s feelings) and proceed despite them: they were prepared to pocket their prideMore example sentences
- 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 British
- Having enough money or money to spare; having gained in a transaction: he knows how to stay in pocket and out of troubleMore example sentences
- 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.
- (Of money) gained by someone from a transaction: for every £100 staked a regular better will end up with £88 in pocketMore example sentences
- 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.
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 pocketMore example sentences
- 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 pocketMore example sentences
- 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
- Having lost money in a transaction: the organizer of the concert was £3,700 out of pocket after it was cancelledMore example sentences
- 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?
- (out-of-pocket) [as modifier] (Of an expense or cost) paid for directly rather than being put on account or charged to some other person or organization.More example sentences
- 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.
pay out of pocket
- US 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 suppliesMore example sentences
- 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?
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 loanMore example sentences
- 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.
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- The end results are good though and, if you're willing to sacrifice speed for a truly pocketable snapper, take this Pentax model into consideration.
- The 775 is designed to be small, pocketable and extremely easy to use…
- The hidden keyboard means that the huge screen is easily accommodated, but it would still be nicer to have a more pocketable device.
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- Just turn up with pocketfuls of cash and be prepared to be entertained.
- And what of her wider dreams and aspirations or even her immediate thoughts as she slipped home with her sack of groceries and her pocketful of coins?
- I desperately tried to hand out the pocketful of coupons as the frenzy grew and the kids ignored the pleas of their teachers to stop crushing me.
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- I can see why holidaymakers need to carry luggage, I know that shoppers have to lug their purchases home and I'll concede that pocketless women need a handbag to keep all their bits in.
- In this presumably pocketless world, body art served as a wallet, passport, work permit, and business card rolled into one.
- The dip was oniony and lightly fishy, a perfect complement to the warm pocketless pittas that came alongside it.
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 poke2.