- a small orebody or mass of ore, frequently isolated.
- a bin for ore or rock storage.
- a raise or small slope fitted with chute gates.
verb (used with object)
- pocket battleship,
- pocket billiards,
- pocket borough,
- pocket calculator,
- pocket chisel
- having suffered a financial loss; poorer: He had made unwise land purchases, and found himself several thousand dollars out of pocket.
- lacking money.
- Informal. not available; unreachable: I'll be out of pocket all afternoon.
Origin of pocket
Examples from the Web for pocket
I was already over forty, had hardly a nickel in my pocket and this was the biggest break in my life.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
This leaves thousands of women at companies across the United States left to pay out of pocket for their birth control.
And then I reach into my pocket and plug in another quarter.
Above the notes of praise is a small photo of Guerin wearing a polka dot tie and pocket square, staring at you like a sociopath.
How far will that $1 in your pocket take you in Canada, Australia, or Hong Kong?
The man drew a large leather purse from the pocket of his blouse, and answered, "I have money."Les Misrables|Victor Hugo
He took one hand out of his pocket and pointed woodenly to the right.A College Girl|Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Her father released her, took out his pocket handkerchief, and sat down on the stairs with his head against the wall.Bleak House|Charles Dickens
Shure, they were bad enough to say he was puttin' the money in his own pocket, and dem goin' to their juty every month.My New Curate|P.A. Sheehan
But Peggy was by this time in the midst of her researches for her pocket, so she did not argue the point.Little Miss Peggy|Mrs. Molesworth
- a cavity or hollow in the earth, etc, such as one containing gold or other ore
- the ore in such a place
verb -ets, -eting or -eted (tr)
Word Origin for pocket
mid-14c., pokete, "bag, pouch, small sack," from Anglo-French pokete (13c.), diminutive of Old North French poque "bag" (Old French pouche), from a Germanic source akin to Frankish *pokka "bag," from Proto-Germanic *puk- (see poke (n.)).
Meaning "small bag worn on the person, especially one sewn into a garment" is from early 15c. Sense in billiards is from 1754. Mining sense is attested from 1850; military sense of "area held by troops surrounded by the enemy" is from 1918; the general sense of "small area different than its surroundings" (1926) apparently was extended from the military use. Figuratively, "one's money" (conceived as being kept in a pocket) is from 1717. Pope Pokett (late 15c.) was figurative of the greedy and corrupt Church.
1580s, "to place in a pocket" (often with implications of dishonesty), from pocket (n.). From the earliest use often figurative. Meaning "to form pockets" is from c.1600. Related: Pocketed; pocketing.
1610s, "of or pertaining to or meant for a pocket," from pocket (n.). Pocket-knife is first recorded 1727; pocket-money is attested from 1630s. Often merely implying a small-sized version of something, e.g. of warships, from 1930, and cf. Pocket Venus "beautiful, small woman," attested from 1808. Pocket veto attested from 1842, American English.
The "pocket veto" can operate only in the case of bills sent to the President within ten days of Congressional adjournment. If he retain such a bill (figuratively, in his pocket) neither giving it his sanction by signing it, nor withholding his sanction in returning it to Congress, the bill is defeated. The President is not bound to give reasons for defeating a bill by a pocket veto which he has not had at least ten days to consider. In a regular veto he is bound to give such reasons. [James Albert Woodburn, "The American Republic and its Government," Putnam's, 1903]
In addition to the idioms beginning with pocket
- pocket money
- pocket veto
- deep pockets
- in one's pocket
- in pocket
- line one's pockets
- money burns a hole in one's pocket
- out of pocket