Pocket meaning

pŏk'ĭt
Pocket is defined as to hide away or take something in a deceptive way.

An example of pocket is someone hiding the way they really feel about something.

An example of pocket is a cashier stealing money from their register.

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A small sack or bag.
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The definition of pocket is someone or something that's very small or smaller than usual.

An example of pocket is a notepad that will fit in the pouch sewn into the back of your pants; a pocket notepad.

An example of pocket is the sugar glider possum; the pocket possum.

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A pocket is a pouch or enclosure sewn into clothing or into a small container.

An example of a pocket is where people normally keep their wallet if they don't carry a bag.

An example of a pocket is a zippered compartment inside a bag where you'd keep your keys.

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A small baglike attachment forming part of a garment and used to carry small articles, as a flat pouch sewn inside a pair of pants or a piece of material sewn on its sides and bottom to the outside of a shirt.
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A receptacle, cavity, or opening.
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Financial means; money supply.

The cost of the trip must come out of your own pocket.

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A pouch in an animal body, such as the cheek pouch of a rodent or the abdominal pouch of a marsupial.
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One of the pouchlike receptacles at the corners and sides of a billiard or pool table.
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The webbing attached to the head of a lacrosse stick, in which the ball is caught and held.
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The deepest part of a baseball glove, just below the web, where the ball is normally caught.
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A racing position in which a contestant has no room to pass a group of contestants immediately to his or her front or side.
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An air pocket.
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A bin for storing ore, grain, or other materials.
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Suitable for or capable of being carried in one's pocket.

A pocket handkerchief; a pocket edition of a dictionary.

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Small; miniature.

A pocket backyard; a pocket museum.

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Designating the two cards that are dealt to a player face down in Texas hold'em.

Was holding pocket eights.

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To place in a pocket.

Pocketed her key.

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To take possession of for oneself, especially dishonestly.

Pocketed the receipts from the charity dance.

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To prevent (a bill) from becoming law by failing to sign until the adjournment of the legislature.
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To hem in (a competitor) in a race.
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To hit (a ball) into a pocket of a pool or billiard table.
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A sack, esp. when used to measure something.
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A cavity that holds or can hold something.
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A small area or group of a specified type.

A pocket of poverty.

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A confining or frustrating situation.
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Financial resources; funds; means.

A drain on one's pocket.

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A position of being hemmed in by other contestants so as to be held back.
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A hollow in a baseball mitt where the ball can be securely caught and held.
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The space between two pins, esp. the head pin and the pin next to it.
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The protected area behind the offensive line, from which the quarterback passes the ball.
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Any of the pouches at the sides and corners of a billiard or pool table.
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A sac or pouch in an animal's body.
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Not widespread; contained; isolated.

Pocket resistance.

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To put into a pocket.
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To provide with a pocket or pockets.
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To envelop; enclose.
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To take or receive, often, specif., in a dishonest manner, (money, profits, etc.) for one's own use.
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To put up with (an insult, gibe, etc.) without answering or showing anger.
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To hide, suppress, or set aside.

Pocket one's pride.

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To prevent passage of (a bill) by means of a pocket veto.
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In anatomy, a cul-de-sac or pouchlike cavity.
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A diseased space between the inflamed gum and the surface of a tooth.
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A collection of pus in a nearly closed sac.
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To enclose within a confined space.
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To approach the surface at a localized spot, as with the thinned-out wall of an abscess that is about to rupture.
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A bag stitched to an item of clothing, used for carrying small items.
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Such a receptacle seen as housing someone's money; hence, financial resources.
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(sports, billiards, pool, snooker) An indention and cavity with a net sack or similar structure (into which the balls are to be struck) at each corner and one centered on each side of a pool or snooker table.
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An enclosed volume of one substance surrounded by another.

The drilling expedition discovered a pocket of natural gas.

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(Australia) An area of land surrounded by a loop of a river.
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(Australian rules football) The area of the field to the side of the goal posts (four pockets in total on the field, one to each side of the goals at each end of the ground). The pocket is only a roughly defined area, extending from the behind post, at an angle, to perhaps about 30 meters out.
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(American Football) The region directly behind the offensive line in which the quarterback executes plays.
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(military) An area where military units are completely surrounded by enemy units.
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A large bag or sack formerly used for packing various articles, such as ginger, hops, or cowries.
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(architecture) A hole or space covered by a movable piece of board, as in a floor, boxing, partitions, etc.
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(mining) A cavity in a rock containing a nugget of gold, or other mineral; a small body of ore contained in such a cavity.
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(nautical) A strip of canvas sewn upon a sail so that a batten or a light spar can placed in the interspace.
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The pouch of an animal.
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To put (something) into a pocket.
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(sports, billiards, snooker, pool) To cause a ball to go into one of the pockets of the table; to complete a shot.
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(slang) To take and keep (especially money) that which is not one's own.
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(slang) To shoplift, to steal.
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To receive (an insult, an affront, etc.) without open resentment, or without seeking redress.
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Of a size suitable for putting into a pocket.

Pocket dictionary.

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Smaller or more compact than usual.

Pocket battleship.

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(Texas hold'em poker) Referring to the two initial hole cards.

A pocket pair of kings.

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in (one's) pocket
  • In one's power, influence, or possession:.
    The defendant had the jury in his pocket.
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in pocket
  • Having funds.
  • Having gained or retained funds of a specified amount:.
    Was a hundred dollars in pocket after a day at the races.
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out of pocket
  • Out of one's own resources:.
    Fees paid out of pocket.
  • Without funds or assets:.
    A traveler who was caught out of pocket.
  • In a state of having experienced a loss, especially a financial one.
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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
  • Having a financial loss.
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Origin of pocket

  • Middle English pouch, small bag from Anglo-Norman pokete diminutive of Old North French poke bag of Germanic origin
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English pocket (“bag, sack"), from Anglo-Norman poket, Old Northern French poquet, poquete, diminutive of poque, poke (“bag, sack") (compare modern French pochette from Old French pochete, from puche), from Frankish *pokka (“pouch"), from Proto-Germanic *puk-, *pÅ«ka- (“bag, pouch"), from Proto-Indo-European *buk-, *bu-, *beu- (“to blow, swell"). Cognate with Middle Dutch poke, Alemannic German Pfoch (“purse, bag"), Old English pocca, pohha (“poke, pouch, pocket, bag"), Old Norse poki (“bag, pocket"). Cf. the related poke ("sack or bag"). See also Modern French pochette.
    From Wiktionary