pocket


pocket
pocket [päk′it]
n.
[ME poket < Anglo-Fr pokete, for MFr dial. poquette, dim. of poque, poche: see POACH1]
1. Archaic a sack, esp. when used to measure something
2.
a) a little bag or pouch, now usually sewn into or on clothing, for carrying money and small articles
b) any usually small container, compartment, enclosure, etc.
3. a cavity that holds or can hold something
4. a small area or group of a specified type [a pocket of poverty]
5. a confining or frustrating situation
6. financial resources; funds; means [a drain on one's pocket]
7. a position of being hemmed in by other contestants so as to be held back
8. Aeron. AIR POCKET
9. Baseball a hollow in a baseball mitt where the ball can be securely caught and held
10. Bowling the space between two pins, esp. the head pin and the pin next to it
11. Football the protected area behind the offensive line, from which the quarterback passes the ball
12. Geol.
a) a cavity filled with ore, oil, gas, or water
b) a small deposit of ore
13. Pool any of the pouches at the sides and corners of a billiard or pool table
14. Zool. a sac or pouch in an animal's body
adj.
1.
a) that is or can be carried in a pocket
b) smaller than standard
2. not widespread; contained; isolated [pocket resistance]
vt.
1. to put into a pocket
2. to provide with a pocket or pockets
3. to envelop; enclose
4. to take dishonestly; appropriate (money, profits, etc.) for one's own use
5. to put up with (an insult, gibe, etc.) without answering or showing anger
6. to hide, suppress, or set aside [pocket one's pride ]
7. Politics to prevent passage of (a bill) by the pocket veto
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in someone's pocket
completely under someone's influence
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in pocket
gained or available
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out of pocket
1. from money at hand
2. having a loss

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