From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishpocketpock‧et1 /ˈpɒkɪt $ ˈpɑː-/ ●●● S2 W2 noun [countable] 1 in clothesDC 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).2 moneyPAY FOR 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.3 small containerD 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.4 small area/amount a small area or amount of something that is different from what surrounds itpocket of In some parts, there are still pockets of violence and unrest. pockets of air inside the hull of the ship5 → be in somebody’s pocket6 → have something in your pocket7 → out of pocket8 → be/live in each other’s pockets9 game 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)COLLOCATIONSverbsput something in your pocketI put the £5 note in my pocket.stuff/thrust something in your pocket (=put it there quickly and carelessly)He took off his cap and stuffed it in his pocket.take something out of/from your pocketMarcia took a pair of dark glasses out of her pocket.reach into your pocket (=put your hand into your pocket to find something)"Do you want a cigarette?" he asked, reaching into his pocket.search your pocket (=look for something in your pocket)I searched my pockets for my train ticket but it wasn't there.turn out/empty your pockets (=take everything out of your pockets in order to find something)His mother made him turn out his pockets.dig in your pocket (=put your hand in your pocket to find something)Boris dug in his pocket for his keys.phraseswith your hands in your pocketsI saw him wandering along the beach with his hands in his pockets.somebody's pockets are bulging (=they are very full)Tony's pockets were bulging with loose change.ADJECTIVES/NOUN + pocketa back/front/side pocketHe took a wad of money from his back pocket.a breast pocket (=on the chest)There was a silk handkerchief in his breast pocket.an inside pocket (=on the inside of a coat, jacket etc)Gregson pulled a photo from the inside pocket of his jacket.a jacket/trouser/shirt etc pocketShe slipped the map into her jacket pocket.
Examples from the Corpuspocket• She then unbuckled her right, and stood up, dropping the scalpel into a pocket, just in case.• Slumping down into his seat, he took a silver flask from his coat pocket.• With trembling hands, she took the wad of bills from her pocket and began to count it out.• Maggie put her hands in her pockets to keep them warm.• He took the matchbook cover from his pocket and read it again.• Stark would pull slips of paper from his pocket, lean over on the windowsill, and scribble on them.• He sat facing the opposite way to Rufus and he had his hands in his pockets.• Fred searched his pockets for the ticket.• You will find the air safety card in the seat pocket in front of you.• The ruling means less money in the pockets of investors.• It was cold and he thrust his hands deeper inside the pockets of his coat.• Stuff the meat into the pocket of the pita bread.jacket/trouser etc pocket• She put her hand on her jacket pocket.• He took out a pad of paper from his jacket pocket.• He walked down to the lion house, hands deep in his jacket pockets.• He put his right hand in his jacket pocket and produced a bulky envelope.• He scrutinizes the pamphlets in his jacket pocket.• I touched my green card in my jacket pocket and felt the plastic protective cover between my fingers.• I had a clip of dollars - emergency cash - in my trouser pocket.• I placed the envelope in my jacket pocket and left him to join the corporal in the corridor.suit every pocket• And the vast range in prices according to cabin, ensures that there is something to suit every pocket.• The choice is wide with something to suit every pocket. pocketpocket2 verb [transitive] 1 PUTto put something into your pocket Maggie locked the door and pocketed the keys.2 to steal money, especially money that you are responsible for One inspector had pocketed up to $500,000 in bribes.3 to get a large amount of money, win a prize etc, especially in a way that seems very easy or slightly dishonest Johnston pocketed $2,500 in prize money.4 DGSto hit a ball into a pocket in the game of pool, snooker or billiards SYN pot→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpuspocket• Robbins admitted pocketing $5300 of the campaign money.• Last year the taxman pocketed 550 million from people who should not have been paying tax - or who paid too much.• His wife also pocketed a £20 million pay-off after 26 years of marriage.• Forbes is traveling the country at an impressive clip, spreading his flat-tax message and pocketing IOUs from Republican pols.• It's simple - we buy them for $5, sell them for $8, and pocket the difference.• The suicidal farmers can be set in stark contrast to the wealthy shareholders who pocket the difference.• When they were done, he made a show of locking up and pocketing the key.• Tom slipped off his rings and pocketed them.• Jack dumped about eight cigarettes out of his Rameses pack and pocketed them.pocketpocket3 adjective [only before noun] SMALLsmall enough to be carried in your pocket a pocket dictionary
Examples from the Corpuspocket• Students are allowed to take pocket calculators into their exams.• She took a pocket mirror out of her handbag and put on some lipstick.From Longman Business Dictionarypocketpock‧et1 /ˈpɒkɪtˈpɑːkɪt/ noun [countable]1journalism used to refer to the amount of money people have available to spendWe need to find a way to put more money in people’s pockets.a savings scheme to suit all pockets (=suitable however much money you have)a company with deep pockets (=a lot of money)2a small area or part of something where a situation is very different from other areas or partspocket ofCertain pockets of the aircraft market already have shown themselves to be vulnerable.3be out of pocket informal to have less money than you should have after an event such as a business dealAll expenses will be paid. You won’t be out of pocket.4put your hand in your pocket informal to give money to someone who needs it5line your pockets disapproving to earn a lot of money, especially by using unfair methodsBanks are lining their pockets by charging their customers sky-high interest rates.pocketpocket2 adjective pocket calculator/dictionary etc a calculator, dictionary etc that is small enough to carry in your pocketa pocket televisionpocketpocket3 verb [transitive] informal1to get money, especially in a slightly dishonest way or when you do not deserve itFor operating the network, Jefferies pockets about $60,000 a day.He sold her car for more than she asked for, and pocketed the difference (=kept the extra money for himself).2to steal money, especially money you are responsible forThe insurer had no record of the policy because the agent had pocketed the premiums.→ See Verb tableOrigin pocket1 (1400-1500) Old North French pokete, from poke “bag”