- (before the Reform Bill of 1832) any English borough whose representatives in Parliament were controlled by an individual or family.
- an election district under the control of an individual, family, or group.
Origin of pocket borough
First recorded in 1855–60
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- (before the Reform Act of 1832) an English borough constituency controlled by one person or family who owned the landCompare rotten borough
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