Definition of put one's hand in one's pocket in US English:

put one's hand in one's pocket

phrase

  • Spend or provide one's own money.

    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘I would urge you to put your hand in your pocket and give some money to this family.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As a guest, you'll never put your hand in your pocket, for the cost covers everything.’
    • ‘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?’