- a woman's purse or handbag.
- a person's financial resources or means: The price was out of reach of his pocketbook.
- Also pocket book. a book, usually paperback, that is small enough to carry in one's coat pocket.
- a notebook for carrying in one's pocket.
- a wallet or billfold.
Origin of pocketbook
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Examples from the Web for pocketbook
Seemingly possessed by demons, she would slip objects from the homes of rich people they visited into her pocketbook.Borges Had A Genius For Literature But Not Love Or Much Else
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Not many doctors are likely to reach for the pocketbook on that scale without quite a bit of deliberation.The New Face of American Medicine: Liberal Women
June 9, 2014
Because they're not limited by their checkbook or pocketbook, they can buy a whole swath of products.Lingerie for the 1 Percent
August 6, 2013
Republicans face increasing difficulty with the Hispanic vote for pocketbook reasons.Who Wins from Immigration Deal? Not Republicans
January 28, 2013
Pocketbook issues make Hispanics natural Democrats, not natural Republicans.Social Conservatives 'No Mas'
January 22, 2013
She had seen the little roll of bills in her mother's pocketbook.The Little Colonel
Annie Fellows Johnston
Then he went deeper into his pocketbook and took out a small photograph.The Innocent Adventuress
Mary Hastings Bradley
He delved for the pocketbook, opened it—and found no certificate therein.Galusha the Magnificent
Joseph C. Lincoln
He took out the pocketbook once more and from it extracted a two-dollar bill.Mary-'Gusta
Joseph C. Lincoln
I don't remember how it came about or how the pocketbook and the pencil came into my hands.The Shadow-Line
- a small bag or case for money, papers, etc, carried by a handle or in the pocket
- (modifier) concerned with personal financepocketbook issues
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Word Origin and History for pocketbook
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