pocket Definition

  • 1a small bag or pouch that forms part of a garment and is used to carry small articles
  • 2a small, isolated area or group

Using pocket: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "pocket" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She put the keys in her pocket.

  • Example

    The park is a little pocket of green in the city.

  • Example

    He has a pocket full of change.

  • Example

    The company carved out a pocket of the market for itself.

pocket Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for pocket

Antonyms for pocket

Idioms Using pocket

  • burn a hole in someone's pocket

    money that someone is eager to spend


    She just got her paycheck and it's burning a hole in her pocket.

  • line someone's pockets

    to make money for oneself, especially in a dishonest or unethical way


    The corrupt official was lining his pockets with bribes.

  • pick someone's pocket

    to steal from someone's pocket


    The pickpocket was caught trying to pick someone's pocket on the crowded train.

Phrases with pocket

  • deep pockets

    a lot of money or resources


    The company has deep pockets and can afford to invest in new technology.

  • in someone's pocket

    under someone's control or influence


    The politician was accused of being in the pocket of big business.

  • spending one's own money, rather than using money from an expense account or other source


    I had to pay for the hotel room out of pocket because the company wouldn't cover it.

Origins of pocket

from Old North French 'poque', meaning 'bag'


Summary: pocket in Brief

A 'pocket' [ˈpɑkɪt] is a small bag or pouch that is part of a garment or used to carry small items. It can also refer to a small, isolated area or group, as in 'The park is a little pocket of green in the city.' Phrases like 'deep pockets' denote wealth, while 'out of pocket' means spending one's own money. Idioms include 'burn a hole in someone's pocket,' referring to money someone is eager to spend, and 'line someone's pockets,' meaning to make money in a dishonest way.

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