Definition of pocketbook in US English:



  • 1US A woman's handbag.

    • ‘Of course, they'll just find some senator or congressman and pump cash into his pocketbook until they change the law.’
    • ‘Of course, you have no idea just how difficult it is to please me until you have to accompany me on an expedition to locate the perfect pocketbook.’
    • ‘Now the flap rests there, there is no way I can get into the pocketbook.’
    • ‘His hands were rifling through her pocketbook and wallet.’
    • ‘She pulled a cigarette out of her pocketbook, a bent, half-crushed one she stole from her older brother.’
    • ‘You can use a large pocket book, brief case, or carry on bag.’
    • ‘Three seconds later the door opened again and she ran to the kitchen counter to grab her pocket book.’
    • ‘I hope she's not thinking at all - that she's mindlessly looking for the house keys or gathering up her sweater and pocketbook.’
    • ‘My mother used to keep a bib in her pocketbook for when we ate out when I was so small they had to go get a high chair and later a booster seat.’
    • ‘When she was apprehended at the store, these drugs were in her pocketbook, all right?’
    • ‘On the corners, they stood in clumps, girls with big hair and tight jeans and fringed leather pocketbooks.’
    • ‘My satin-covered pocketbook, whose braided long cotton handle I had hooked around my head so that the pocketbook brushed against my right hip, was close against me.’
    • ‘I also have her morbid fear of losing my pocketbook somewhere.’
    • ‘I took my change purse out of my pocketbook and scowled.’
    • ‘In response to Dad's request, she pulls out her checkbook from her pocketbook and a pen and writes out a check for eight hundred dollars.’
    • ‘‘I'll go now,’ Liv said quietly, rising and grabbing her pocket book.’
    • ‘They were similar pocketbooks or purses, but they had a belt on it that you could put around your waist with the fasteners similar to the ones on a bicycle helmet.’
    • ‘She left her pocketbook at a table at the restaurant early Saturday morning, and when she rushed back inside to get it, it was gone.’
    notecase, purse, pouch, pochette
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    1. 1.1North American One's financial resources.
      ‘they provide packages for every taste and every pocketbook’
      • ‘And ongoing social and economic reforms, which have hit millions of people squarely in the pocketbook, have created the prerequisites for an explosion of social tension.’
      • ‘Instead of yet another raid on the pocketbooks of students and their families, we should be investing federal resources to make college affordable.’
      • ‘But the big change is that Corporate America is beginning to open its pocketbook.’
      • ‘Obviously, people will resist or try to subvert change that hurts them in the ego or in the pocketbook.’
      • ‘He caved to the auto companies, and didn't propose one fuel efficiency standard, bleeding billions of dollars out of family pocketbooks and filling the air with pollution as a result.’
      • ‘And the impact of increased costs could go well beyond the direct hit to individual pocketbooks and corporate budgets.’
      • ‘The assault on taxpayers' pocketbooks is just beginning, and it doesn't matter where you live - you're going to get hit.’
      • ‘They were willing to vote with their pocketbooks to invest their money in the future of the community.’
      • ‘What will the impact of a U.S. war against Iraq be on the pocketbooks, on the wallets of the American public?’
      • ‘They care about little or nothing but their pocketbooks.’
      • ‘Sooner or later, kids need to become more aware of how complex legislation, budget cuts and our convoluted tax code will affect their pocketbooks.’
      • ‘I was skeptical that any of this was in the service of making consumers' teeth cleaner, but merely for emptying our pocketbooks at a faster rate for the privilege of buying something that doesn't even fit in the toothbrush holder.’
      • ‘I see little hope for this country without revolution against these politicians who so brazenly will steal straight from America's pocketbooks and future.’
      • ‘The gas prices, of course, do hit them in the pocketbook.’
      • ‘At a press conference this week, the mayor announced her intention of being ‘kind to the environment and gentle on the pocketbook.’’
      • ‘Only Christmas gets consumers dipping into their pocketbooks with such happy abandon.’
      • ‘Sales returns from the first four months of the 2000 calendar year indicate that these new products created a modest directional change in the monies flowing out of prestige-buyers' pocketbooks.’
      • ‘Depending on their taste and pocketbooks, eighteenth-century Americans could use punch bowls made in a variety of materials other than ceramics and glass.’
      • ‘And high fuel prices are a threat to the economy and consumer pocketbooks nationwide.’
      • ‘Remember if you like one artwork and its too expensive for your taste or pocketbook there is surely another painting that is similar and can fit your budget.’
      means, budget, resources, financial resources, finances, funds, money, capital, assets, wherewithal
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  • 2pocket bookNorth American A paperback or other small or cheap edition of a book.

    • ‘I put my books and pocket book into my small gym locker and kept my light spring jacket to watch the practice.’
    • ‘She disappeared into the hallway to the bedroom for a few seconds and when she returned she was holding a small black pocket book in one hand and the black baseball cap from the day before in the other.’
    • ‘Unfortunately time was against me and I didn't read as much of it as I probably should have done, so when I saw the pocketbook in a bookshop in Cardiff itself, I bought it immediately.’
    • ‘No one bothered to refer to the significantly expanded, easily accessible pocket book edition.’
    • ‘The first pocketbook contains hundreds of entries in the Haiku form currently enjoying a renaissance in hip literature circles as well as epigrams, concrete poems and other works similarly concise in their nature.’
    • ‘We then played a game that I introduced to the group where we would have readings from my little pocketbook of famous quotations, and everyone had to guess who was the originator of the quotation.’
    • ‘It is a kind of graphic novel in pocket book size.’
    • ‘The aim of this pocket book is to provide key information on the 100 most important diagnoses in the Head and Neck.’
    • ‘Being interested in culture and music, he has brought out a pocket book on French rap.’
    • ‘Last week a little girl gave him a pocket book entitled, ‘Words on Courage’.’
    • ‘A pocket book on tourism has been launched to coincide with the tourist season.’
    • ‘The man pulled a pocket book out of his jacket and opened it.’
    • ‘Now this is only a small pocketbook, but it's amazing how much one learns about East Timorese culture, and how important that sensitivity to that culture is, even in the most basic communication.’
    • ‘The majority of children receive identical red jumpsuits and a pocket book of Christmas themed party literature.’
    • ‘Not long after that I discovered yoga and taught myself how to do it from a bland pocket book called, Yoga For Americans.’
  • 3British A notebook.

    • ‘I would then take a strip of paper and the pencil from my pocket book and write all the registrations next to the color of the vehicles memorized.’
    • ‘He could not reach his pocket book because it was in the jacket he had used to wrap Miss Hague against the cold.’
    • ‘What he had not anticipated when he chose the slightly inebriated, seriously overweight woman attempting to hail a cab, was how attached she would be to her pocketbook.’
    • ‘The pocket books of these women have been revealed to contain detailed ‘accounts’ of the diverse and dispersed aspects of household management.’
    • ‘She took out her pocket book and wrote something.’
    • ‘And whenever I have a new thought, an original idea, I just whip out the pocket book and I write it down.’
    • ‘As the detainee protested he had done nothing, the officer reached for his pocket book, without giving the man a chance to explain or attempting to deal with the situation in a calm, professional way.’
    • ‘She had come for a pocketbook and a pocketbook only.’
    • ‘Records were kept in a pocketbook - and in Bill's remarkable memory.’
    • ‘Among the first in line was a guy who wanted Vikram's autograph on his pocket book.’
    • ‘It would mean officers arrive at the station, complete their pocket book and do an about-turn to go straight back out onto the streets.’
    • ‘It is a pocketbook which fits the hand perfectly.’
    • ‘Above that, a leather-bound slim-style Filofax pocket book where I keep stuff like my driver's licence, insurance documents, and plastic cards that won't fit in my wallet.’
    • ‘A crossroads lay before us, and stood in the middle of it was Master sat astride his steed, writing, as ever, in a small pocket book.’