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[vest-pok-it] /ˈvɛstˌpɒk ɪt/
designed to be carried in the pocket of the vest, in a purse, or in a similarly small space; miniature:
a vest-pocket dictionary.
very small:
a vest-pocket version of Versailles.
Origin of vest-pocket
First recorded in 1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for vest-pocket
Historical Examples
  • He wasn't as big as all out doors, nor he wasn't any vest-pocket edition either.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • Cheyne drew a cigar from his vest-pocket, bit off the end, and fell to smoking.

    "Captains Courageous" Rudyard Kipling
  • "Here is the money," said Ben, drawing it from his vest-pocket.

    Ben, the Luggage Boy; Horatio Alger
  • "Here it is," said Ben, producing the exact amount from his vest-pocket.

    Ben, the Luggage Boy; Horatio Alger
  • He drew from his vest-pocket a neat gold ring, with some sort of a stone in the setting.

    The Errand Boy Horatio Alger
  • When Phil went up to the cashier to get his money he put it quietly into his vest-pocket.

    The Errand Boy Horatio Alger
  • He took out a little book from his vest-pocket and looked through the names.

    Hungry Hearts Anzia Yezierska
  • Some passenger's fingers have entered his vest-pocket, and the boys are on the alert.

  • He took out a cigarette and his fingers searched a vest-pocket for matches.

    Command William McFee
  • Henry took a bull's-eye watch from his vest-pocket and asked for a lantern.

British Dictionary definitions for vest-pocket


(modifier) (mainly US) small enough to fit into a waistcoat pocket
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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