- 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
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Examples from the Web for vest-pocket
He wasn't as big as all out doors, nor he wasn't any vest-pocket edition either.Shorty McCabe
Cheyne drew a cigar from his vest-pocket, bit off the end, and fell to smoking."Captains Courageous"
"Here is the money," said Ben, drawing it from his vest-pocket.
"Here it is," said Ben, producing the exact amount from his vest-pocket.
He drew from his vest-pocket a neat gold ring, with some sort of a stone in the setting.The Errand Boy
- (modifier) mainly US small enough to fit into a waistcoat pocket
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