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out-of-pocket

[ out-uhv-pok-it ]
/ ˈaʊt əvˈpɒk ɪt /
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adjective
paid out in cash or from one's own financial resources and sometimes reimbursed: My out-of-pocket travel expenses included taking business clients to dinner.
without funds or assets: an out-of-pocket student who stayed with us.
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Origin of out-of-pocket

First recorded in 1880–85
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How to use out-of-pocket in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for out-of-pocket

out of pocket

adjective (out-of-pocket when prenominal)
(postpositive) having lost money, as in a commercial enterprise
without money to spend
(prenominal) (of expenses) unbudgeted and paid for in cash
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with out-of-pocket

out of pocket

1

Lacking money; also, having suffered a financial loss, as in We can't go; I'm out of pocket right now. William Congreve had it in The Old Bachelor (1693): “But egad, I'm a little out of pocket at present.” [Late 1600s]

2

Referring to actual money spent, as in I had to pay the hotel bill out of pocket, but I know I'll be reimbursed. This expression sometimes occurs as a hyphenated adjective mainly in the phrase out-of-pocket expenses, as in My out-of-pocket expenses for business travel amounted to more than a thousand dollars. [Late 1800s]

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