[ pok-it ]
/ ˈpɒk ɪt /



small enough or suitable for carrying in the pocket: a pocket watch.
relatively small; smaller than usual: a pocket war; a pocket country.

verb (used with object)

Nearby words

  1. poché,
  2. pocill.,
  3. pock,
  4. pock-mark,
  5. pocked,
  6. pocket battleship,
  7. pocket billiards,
  8. pocket borough,
  9. pocket calculator,
  10. pocket chisel


Origin of pocket

1250–1300; Middle English poket < Old North French (Picard) poquet (Old French pochet, pochette), diminutive of poque < Middle Dutch poke poke2; see -et

Related formspock·et·less, adjectivepock·et·like, adjectiveun·pock·et, verb (used with object)

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British Dictionary definitions for in one's pocket


/ (ˈpɒkɪt) /


verb -ets, -eting or -eted (tr)

Derived Formspocketable, adjectivepocketless, adjective

Word Origin for pocket

C15: from Anglo-Norman poket a little bag, from poque bag, from Middle Dutch poke poke ², bag; related to French poche pocket

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Word Origin and History for in one's pocket
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Medicine definitions for in one's pocket


[ pŏkĭt ]


In anatomy, a cul-de-sac or pouchlike cavity.
A diseased space between the inflamed gum and the surface of a tooth.
A collection of pus in a nearly closed sac.


To enclose within a confined space.
To approach the surface at a localized spot, as with the thinned-out wall of an abscess which is about to rupture.

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Idioms and Phrases with in one's pocket

in one's pocket


In one's power or possession, under one's influence. For example, The defense lawyer had the jury in his pocket. [Mid-1800s]


in each other's pockets. In very close proximity or mutual dependence, as in Bert and Harry work in the same office, live in the same house, belong to the same clubs—they're constantly in each other's pockets. [Mid-1900s]


In addition to the idioms beginning with pocket

  • pocket money
  • pocket veto

also see:

  • deep pockets
  • in one's pocket
  • in pocket
  • line one's pockets
  • money burns a hole in one's pocket
  • out of pocket
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