Definition of pocket in English:

pocket

noun

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

    • ‘I've gotten in the habit of carrying a notebook in my coat pocket.’
    • ‘I shove his wallet in my back pocket and slam the compartment shut, locking it before I leave.’
    • ‘A crowd pleaser was the dark denim jean skirt with pink pockets, paired with a pink tank top.’
    • ‘Sadly this happened to us recently after my smart smart brother left a biro in his shirt pocket.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And for extra room in the seat, try jeans with a low waist, low pockets and a bit of a flare around the ankle.’
    • ‘Well, if you are wearing a swimsuit, there certainly isn't going to be a pocket for you to carry these things.’
    • ‘But Kevin was already skipping down the street, camera in pocket, cell phone in hand.’
    • ‘Others, including myself, just folded them up to carry in our shirt pockets.’
    • ‘I turned around to see someone standing there with his hands in his pants pockets, smiling.’
    • ‘It will not only fit easily into a daypack, it can also be carried in a shirt pocket.’
    • ‘It has two zippered side-entry pockets and high-quality ribbing at the waist and cuffs.’
    • ‘Parkas are tricked out with watertight zippers and pockets for everything from cell phones to goggles.’
    • ‘He had his hands in his jeans pockets as he leaned against the tree.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Khaki green dominates the trouser line, topped by classic military shirts with contrasting pockets.’
    • ‘Evan strolled ahead, hands in pockets, cap tilted forward on his brow.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All the coats have hidden pockets, pouches and hook and loop fasteners just like their tactical vests.’
    • ‘There was a leaf motif on a men's top, while denim jeans featured pin-tuck pockets.’
    bag, purse, wallet, sack, sac, container, receptacle
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    1. 1.1 A pouchlike compartment providing separate storage space, for example in a suitcase.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He reached into a pocket of his suitcase and pulled out a small box.’
      • ‘Brief or laptop cases will most likely include many compartments and pockets for ample storage.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She found my open backpack in the closet and carefully went through all its pockets and compartments.’
      • ‘There are also door bins, pockets and a roomy glovebox.’
      • ‘There are no door pockets, just a couple of cubby holes between the seats.’
      • ‘There are storage pockets in all four doors, which is always appreciated.’
      • ‘The floor in the passenger compartment is flat, and map pockets on the doors can accommodate water bottles.’
      • ‘Interior storage space is limited and otherwise decent door pockets are spoiled by designer handles which block access to them.’
      • ‘There are small door pockets and a glove compartment, plus a couple of cup holders.’
      • ‘There are bottle holders on all the doors, door trim pockets, a front-seat back pocket, and cup holders.’
      • ‘A bewildering array of storage cubbyholes, pockets, drawers and cupholders will certainly satisfy the most demanding owner.’
      • ‘There are moulded door pockets, solid, well-made, integrated armrests, speakers in the doors and chunky, brushed aluminium door handles.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Where storage is concerned, I particularly like the moulded map pockets in the doors, which are hinged from the bottom.’
      • ‘The process also allows for part integration, like storage bins, map pockets and cup holders built into door panels.’
      • ‘Once safely ensconced inside there is ample space provided to put cups, though very little space in the door pockets for anything.’
      • ‘The cabin has plenty of storage spaces, but the door pockets would be much more useful with flexible sides instead of rigid ones.’
      compartment, pouch, receptacle, sack, cavity
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    2. 1.2often pocketsinformal A person or organization's financial resources.
      ‘the food was all priced to suit the hard-up airman's pocket’
      ‘our pockets are empty’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The congregation has already dug deeply in its collective pockets to finance these.’
      • ‘‘You do need a fairly deep pocket to finance the running of an estate,’ concedes Bound.’
      • ‘Kind-hearted readers have dug deep into their own pockets to replace the money stolen from a collection tin destined for our Cancer Appeal.’
      • ‘The composer has paid the physical costs of the production out of his own pocket, a contribution tantamount to self publishing.’
      • ‘They want him to stick his hand in his nicely-lined pockets, and finance a death-or-glory spree.’
      • ‘Indeed, Forward talks at great length about how boring life in Malmesbury is for teenagers with empty pockets.’
      • ‘The chief executive says he has no plans to ask his shareholders to dip into their pockets to raise further finance.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘So Richard and Leo sell off their assets, empty their pockets and borrow some money from a studio.’
      • ‘As many gamblers have testified, taking a chance with your cash is likely to lead to heartache and empty pockets.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You may leave with empty pockets but you will take home great memories, and probably the hangover of a lifetime.’
      • ‘A wide variety of hotels are available to suit all pockets.’
      • ‘It counts on the largesse of the largest financial pockets in the city, both private and corporate.’
      • ‘Followers of York Wasps have dug deep - into their pockets and their emotional resources - to get the club this far.’
      • ‘Schemes that promise to double your money overnight are guaranteed to empty your pockets.’
      • ‘And he would be up against Apple, a company with bottomless pockets in comparison.’
      • ‘Like any parent whose pockets are empty, I turned a deaf ear.’
      means, budget, resources, financial resources, finances, funds, money, capital, assets, wherewithal
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    3. 1.3Baseball The hollow in the center of a baseball glove or mitt where the ball can best be caught.
      • ‘The hard, fast ball zoomed right into the pocket of her glove, as if it belonged there.’
      • ‘The ball lands, on the fly, directly into the pocket of the glove.’
      • ‘Brower had developed the habit of opening his glove wider when gripping the ball in the pocket for a changeup.’
      • ‘Infielders put it in the pockets of their gloves so the ball will stick in there.’
    4. 1.4 An opening at the corner or on the side of a billiard table into which balls are struck.
      • ‘I leaned over the table, aiming to bounce the white ball off of a side to knock a blue ball into the corner pocket.’
      • ‘Wisely selecting the six ball for the side pocket, you carefully position the cue ball.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2A small patch of something.

    ‘some of the gardens still had pockets of dirty snow in them’
    • ‘The stages we set in small pockets of space within the forest, with a back drop of wooded mountains shrouded in low cloud.’
    • ‘Breathtaking views were around every corner and the elevation is so high that pockets of snow lay alongside the road.’
    • ‘Then Bob took over, planting colorful flowers in poolside pockets and on the terraced hillside.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The bar was tightly packed but Adam spotted a small pocket of space, enough for a lithe body to glide through.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Well, there still may be some pockets of standing water in New Orleans.’
    • ‘The temperature plummeted; large slabs of permanent ice replaced occasional pockets of snow.’
    • ‘Over the past three decades, he has called in designers to create little pockets of greenery in what he calls his ‘garden rooms’.’
    • ‘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.’
    area, patch, small area, isolated area, district, region, island, cluster, centre
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    1. 2.1 A small, isolated group or area.
      ‘there were pockets of disaffection in parts of the country’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There are coalitions, but they're in separate pockets around the country, it is not a national coalition.’
      • ‘Yes, he agrees, there are pockets of development, but you have to have breakthrough points.’
      • ‘It is calling for a new approach to nature conservation, focusing on whole landscapes rather than isolated pockets.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The city is small and comforting, and its people live in genteel pockets of suburbia and have 1950s good manners.’
      • ‘If a large pocket of elderly people forms, then ambulance services should be expanded to that area.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They are doing deliberate patrols with aircraft to try and locate any pockets of people.’
      • ‘The estate is a pocket of lawlessness and it is not tolerable that people have to live with that.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It has emerged that Bradford Council is considering selling off pockets of green space to builders.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Famine is biting deep in isolated pockets all over the country.’
      • ‘The consignment was also supposed to be distributed in selected pockets of other northeastern states, especially Mizoram.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘From rooftops to alleys, combined military forces are battling pockets of remaining fighters.’
      area, patch, small area, isolated area, district, region, island, cluster, centre
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    2. 2.2American Football The protected area behind the offensive line from which the quarterback throws passes.
      • ‘He moves well in pocket and can scramble but has trouble finding second receiver.’
      • ‘But there's more to it than just stepping up to the plate and hitting a home run or standing in the pocket and throwing a touchdown pass.’
      • ‘Harris has the burst of a natural pass rusher; when he breaks free into the pocket, the quarterback has little chance of escape.’
      • ‘The line is doing a good job of protecting him and he's moving outside the pocket on pass plays, so defenses don't have a free shot at him.’
    3. 2.3 (in bowling) the space between the head pin and the pin immediately behind it on the left or right.
    4. 2.4 A cavity in a rock or stratum filled with ore or other distinctive component.
      • ‘Foitite and rossmanite were confirmed only in pocket no.28, which contained all four species.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Corroded danburite up to 8 cm in length was abundant around footwall portions of the pocket.’
    5. 2.5Aviation An air pocket.

adjective

  • 1[attributive] Of a suitable size for carrying in a pocket.

    ‘a pocket dictionary’
    • ‘They are, however, well-designed pocket revolvers for those who can and must carry a gun for personal protection.’
    • ‘I carry a little pocket PC around with me, and it has every plan for every job we're working on.’
    • ‘In any case, a healthy demand for small, portable handguns caused important advances in pocket pistol design.’
    • ‘A spokeswoman also said that in 100 years, the pocket dictionary had almost doubled in size, reflecting the expansion in the language.’
    • ‘Most of us carry around a pocket computer as a matter of routine.’
    • ‘Very sensibly, Sasha carries a pocket notebook with her wherever she goes, to record anything which tickles her fancy.’
    • ‘Equally, a system which can't display on a full size XGA display is trapped in small-screen pocket devices.’
    • ‘She examined items from her bag: a clock, a wooden frame the size of a pocket calculator, something with a wooden handle.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Terrorism experts said the hijackers could have armed themselves with nothing more than pocket knives.’
    • ‘This is an enormously complex work, despite the fact that it is only the size of a pocket handkerchief.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I have found myself many times in foreign lands hopelessly trying to refold enormous maps back to their original pocket size.’
    • ‘The XL is a powerful, pocket size light tipping the scales at a feathery 5 ounces.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A little French is indispensable, even if it's just from pocket dictionaries and phrase books.’
    • ‘And if you really want to get philosophical, bring a pocket dictionary.’
    • ‘Bill Rogers' design for Safariland, new this year, is another advance in pocket holsters.’
    minute, small-scale, scaled-down, mini, baby, toy, fun-size, petite, dwarfish, knee-high, miniature, minuscule, microscopic, nanoscopic, infinitesimal, micro, diminutive, pocket-sized, reduced, lilliputian
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    1. 1.1 On a small scale.
      ‘a 6,000-acre pocket paradise’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      small, little, miniature, mini, compact, fun-size, concise, abridged, potted, portable
      vest-pocket
      pint-sized
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Put into one's pocket.

    ‘she watched him lock up and pocket the key’
    • ‘She locked the door behind her, and pocketed her keys.’
    • ‘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 locked the doors, pocketed his keys, and walked to me.’
    • ‘As I pocketed the bill, still sensing their hostility, I readied my escape plan.’
    • ‘He handed her a card, which she pocketed without looking at it.’
    • ‘Garland pocketed the knife and headed back to show everyone the spot.’
    • ‘She beamed at him, pocketing the money, and leant on her elbows on the table, deep in conversation with Tom about the show.’
    • ‘I handed it to the shopkeeper who handed me a small bag of sugar, which I pocketed as a treat for later.’
    • ‘She pocketed the folded bills, thinking about going into the nearest town to buy food that would last a long time.’
    • ‘The stewardess quickly pocketed the money Adriana handed her and walked away.’
    • ‘The guy gave an unnatural smile, pocketed his glasses and locked the door.’
    • ‘He quickly pocketed the talisman, and then handed Hawking one of his cards.’
    • ‘Ian climbed from the truck, locked it, and pocketed the keys.’
    • ‘With a sigh, I pocketed the money, and stepped to the rear of the car.’
    • ‘After a moment of hesitation, Joe shrugged and pocketed the money.’
    • ‘‘Okay, well, I have to go,’ he said, as he pocketed the envelope and kissed her on the forehead.’
    • ‘The man pondered the collection of objects, then pocketed all the items into his heavy overcoat, leaving the gun for last.’
    • ‘He pocketed the cellphone, keys and the revolver, and bolted out the door.’
    • ‘He pocketed the small lock pick, pulled out his gun, and carefully threw open the door.’
    steal, take for oneself, help oneself to, appropriate, misappropriate, thieve, purloin, embezzle, expropriate
    filch, swipe, snaffle, lift, rip off, skim
    pinch, nick, half-inch, whip, nobble
    peculate, defalcate
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    1. 1.1 Take or receive (money or other valuables) for oneself, especially dishonestly.
      ‘local politicians were found to have been pocketing the proceeds’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘While pocketing this money the airlines have moved quickly to lay off employees in very large numbers.’
      • ‘I guess the oil companies must be pocketing all the profits.’
      • ‘Prosecutors allege he pocketed up to 4 billion pesos in ill-gotten wealth.’
      • ‘The chairman pocketed nearly £800,000 in salary and bonuses.’
      • ‘‘They pocketed the bribe money without ever delivering the quid pro quo,’ he said.’
      • ‘In many instances he simply reached a settlement with the insurance company, forged his client's signature on the check, and pocketed the money.’
      • ‘Allegations are made that some suppliers have pocketed the money without supplying the ordered books.’
      • ‘Knight then pocketed the money by cashing the cheques at a post office in Chippenham.’
      • ‘The charity, of course, did not exist and he planned on pocketing all the proceeds.’
      • ‘We have also had stories of lawyers pocketing money entrusted to them by clients and others allegedly being involved in corruption.’
      • ‘Ordinary people saw little benefit, as the power distribution firms simply pocketed extra profit.’
      • ‘Should an advisor to the Pentagon be pocketing a fee for helping to raise money for a terrorist organization?’
      • ‘Between them they allegedly pocketed more than $100,000.’
      • ‘The cagey bartender was pocketing the money for himself and replenishing bottles with his own supply purchased at a nearby liquor store.’
      • ‘Some borrowed money was pocketed by corrupt officials.’
      • ‘Of course, it is not just a case of the doctors simply pocketing the surplus money.’
      • ‘She had signed false cheques and pocketed the money herself.’
    2. 1.2Billiards Drive (a ball) into a pocket.
      • ‘The main reason not to use sidespin is it increases the difficulty of pocketing the ball.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘With one stroke, he pockets all the balls and stands back in satisfaction.’
      • ‘If two balls are pocketed during a single stroke, the player may select which companion ball he wants for a cribbage.’
    3. 1.3 Enclose as though in a pocket.
      ‘the fillings can be pocketed in a pita bread’
      • ‘As they rode the fire receded to a faint glow pocketed in the otherwise dark of the desert night.’
    4. 1.4 Suppress (one's feelings) and proceed despite them.
      ‘they were prepared to pocket their pride’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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!’
    5. 1.5US Block passage of (a bill) by a pocket veto.
      • ‘Congress passes a bill through both houses, the president chooses to sign, veto or pocket the bill.’

Phrases

  • in pocket

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

      • ‘The plaintiffs are in pocket to the extent of £7,500 made on the realisation of the premises.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If they were to now reimburse those costs they would still be well in pocket.’
      1. 1.1(of money) gained by someone from a transaction.
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘Night after night, the money I had in pocket was less than the totaled checks.’
        • ‘You will end up healthier, clearer-headed, happier, slimmer and with more brass in pocket.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘From the loftiest endowed chair holder, hefty salary in pocket, to the newest assistant professor, everyone makes a contribution.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘Then, money in pocket won't make the difference.’
  • in someone's pocket

    • 1Dependent on someone financially and therefore under their influence.

      • ‘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 towns where everyone lives in everyone else's 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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • line one's pockets

    • Make money, especially by dishonest means.

      • ‘If he cares more about your training than lining his pocket, then in my opinion that's a sign of a good teacher.’
      • ‘I want to provide a public service, not line the pockets of shareholders.’
      • ‘He is as guilty as other DJ's of using his privileged position to promote acts that will line his pocket.’
      • ‘No, he's lining his pocket with contributions from commercial logging interests.’
      • ‘Should a cop convicted of abusing his post, failing to protect those who he is sworn to protect, and lining his pocket with money stolen while on the job be deserving of a pension?’
      • ‘The Strokes understand this, and it's very refreshing that there is a band out there not interested in lining their pocket but instead just releasing good music.’
      • ‘Swear to God, and bet on it - he is somehow lining his pocket over this deal.’
      • ‘He would not give me a pay rise despite the audiences flocking to see me and lining his pocket.’
      • ‘Elliot can afford to look the other way because he is lining his pocket every time someone is cheated.’
      • ‘Examples such as these undermine the confidence of the public in these public/private arrangements and make them suspicious that someone is lining his pocket at the expense of taxpayers.’
      make money
      accept bribes
      embezzle money, siphon off money
      feather one's nest, graft, be on the make, be on the take
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  • out of pocket

    • 1Having lost money in a transaction.

      ‘the organizer of the concert was $15,000 out of pocket after it was canceled’
      • ‘I want to represent my community but why should my family be out of pocket?’
      • ‘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'm out of pocket again to the tune of about $3,000 and I wished I had listened to some good advice.’
      1. 1.1[as adjectiveattributive](of an expense or cost) paid for directly rather than being put on account or charged to some other person or organization.
        • ‘Because you're using pretax dollars, the accounts can slash your out-of-pocket costs by a third or more.’
        • ‘This care is usually given in their own homes at no out-of-pocket cost.’
        • ‘There are still bills to pay, plus something like $20,000 in out-of-pocket costs from the flood damage, he said.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘The out-of-pocket costs shouldn't be the only consideration when it comes to an over-the-counter remedy.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘Here's the chart they gave us this year to show the costs of your out-of-pocket expenses.’
        • ‘Wheeler thought they had only agreed to reimburse for out-of-pocket expenses.’
  • put one's hand in one's pocket

    • Spend or provide one's own money.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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’.’
      • ‘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!’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Every day thousands of people go out, put their hand in their pocket and pay cash for their favourite newspaper.’
      • ‘I would urge you to put your hand in your pocket and give some money to this family.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘As a guest, you'll never put your hand in your pocket, for the cost covers everything.’

Origin

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.

Pronunciation

pocket

/ˈpäkət/