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What does "pocketbook" mean here? Is "old pocketbook" an idiom?

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Rebecca

"Pocketbook" is referring to a woman's purse. "Not too rough on the old pocketbook" is an expression that means they didn't spend too much money on groceries. "Old pocketbook" isn't really an idiom; it just refers to the purse she is using. Ex: This trip was a little rough on our pocketbooks. Ex: Let's take out the old pocketbook and get something nice for mom! Ex: I purchased this really cute pocketbook online.

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