Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old North French
Origin: pokete, from poke 'bag'


1 noun
pock‧et1 S2 W2 [countable]

in clothes

DC a type of small bag in or on a coat, trousers etc that you can put money, keys etc in:
Luke came in with his hands in his pockets.
jacket/trouser etc pocket
The keys are in my trouser pocket.
pocket of
the inside pocket of his jacket
The policeman told me to turn out my pockets (=take everything out of them).


the amount of money that you have to spend:
There are eight hotels, with a price range to suit every pocket.
from/out of/into your own pocket
Dan had to pay for the repairs out of his own pocket.
He was accused of diverting some of the firm's money into his own pocket.
The deepening recession has hit people's pockets.
For investors with deep pockets (=a lot of money), the Berlin property market is attractive.

small container

D a small bag or piece of material fastened to something so that you can put things into it:
Please read the air safety card in the pocket of the seat in front.

small area/amount

a small area or amount of something that is different from what surrounds it
pocket of
In some parts, there are still pockets of violence and unrest.
pockets of air inside the hull of the ship

be in somebody's pocket

to be controlled or strongly influenced by someone in authority, and willing to do whatever they want:
The judge was in the defense lawyer's pocket.

have something in your pocket

to be certain to win something such as a competition or election:
The Democrats had the election in their pocket.

out of pocket

especially British English informal if you are out of pocket, you have less money than you should have, especially as a result of making a mistake or being unlucky:
If he loses the deal, he'll be badly out of pocket.

be/live in each other's pockets

British English informal if two people are in each other's pockets, they are together too much


a small net on a pool, snooker, or billiard table, which you try to hit balls into
air pocket

➔ burn a hole in your pocket

at burn1 (17)

➔ line your own pockets

at line2 (4)

➔ pick somebody's pocket

at pick1 (14)

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