Definition of pocket noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpɒkɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːkɪt//
    Pool and snooker, Parts of clothing
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    in clothing
  1. 1  a small piece of material like a small bag sewn into or onto a piece of clothing so that you can carry things in it a coat pocket I put the note in my pocket. Turn out your pockets (= empty your pockets). Take your hands out of your pockets! a pocket dictionary (= one that is small enough to fit in your pocket) See related entries: Parts of clothing
  2. small container
  3. 2   a small bag or container fastened to something so that you can put things in it, for example, in a car door or in a bag Information about safety procedures is in the pocket in front of you (= on a plane).
  4. money
  5. 3[usually singular] used to talk about the amount of money that you have to spend We have holidays to suit every pocket. He had no intention of paying for the meal out of his own pocket. The Foundation is reputed to have very deep pockets (= to have a lot of money). The libel case was a huge drain on her pocket.
  6. small group/area
  7. 4a small group or area that is different from its surroundings There are still a few isolated pockets of resistance to the new regime. a pocket of air Geologists have found a few remaining pockets of iron ore. see also air pocket
  8. in billiards, etc.
  9. 5any of the holes or nets around the edges of the table used in the games of billiards, pool or snooker, which you have to hit the ball into See related entries: Pool and snooker
  10. Word OriginMiddle 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 cent.Extra examples Forged passports were found in a secret pocket in the suitcase. Government forces are mopping up the last pockets of resistance. He caught a boy trying to pick his pocket on the bus. He stood there, hands in pockets. He took a few coins out of his pocket. He walked past with his collar turned up and his hands thrust into his pockets. He went through all his pockets looking for his key. I fished the list out of my pocket. I fished the number out of my pocket and dialled. My cell phone rang and I patted my pockets looking for it. My pockets were bulging with loose change. My wallet was in the back pocket of my jeans. Once again club members have had to dip into their pockets to buy new equipment. Once again club members have had to dip into their pockets= spend their own money to buy new equipment. Please read the safety leaflet in the seat pocket in front of you. She reached in her pocket and pulled out her phone. She stuffed the money into her pocket and walked out. The country has large pockets of unemployment. The security guard made them empty their pockets. We filled our pockets with apples. tourists with bulging pockets He had no intention of paying for the meal out of his own pocket. Health services are lining the drug companies’ pockets , according to the report. We have a range of gifts to suit every pocket. We’re in pocket on that deal.Idioms
    be/live in each other’s pockets
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    (British English) if two people are in each other’s pockets, they are too close to each other or spend too much time with each other
    be in somebody’s pocket
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    to be controlled or strongly influenced by somebody
    burn a hole in your pocket
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    if money burns a hole in your pocket, you want to spend it as soon as you have it
    (informal) to spend some of your own money on something She was forced to dip into her own pocket to pay for the repairs.
    have somebody in your pocket
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    to have influence or power over somebody, for example, a police officer or a politician, especially by threatening them or by offering them money
    have something in your pocket
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    to be certain to win something
    (especially British English) having gained/lost money as a result of something That one mistake left him thousands of pounds out of pocket. compare out-of-pocket
    line your (own)/somebody’s pockets
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    to get richer or make somebody richer, especially by taking unfair advantage of a situation or by being dishonest Health services are lining the drug companies’ pockets, according to the report.
    pick somebody’s pocket
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    to steal something from somebody’s pocket without them noticing The back pocket on a pair of jeans is the easiest one to pick. related noun pickpocket See related entries: Committing crime
    put your hand in your pocket
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    (British English) to spend money or give it to somebody I've heard he doesn't like putting his hand in his pocket.
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