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out of pocket

lacking money.
having suffered a financial loss.


[out-uh v-pok-it] /ˈaʊt əvˈpɒk ɪt/
paid out or owed in cash; necessitating an expenditure of cash:
The out-of-pocket expenses include cab fares.
without funds or assets:
an out-of-pocket student who stayed with us.
Origin of out-of-pocket
1880-85 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for out of pocket
  • All this grant spending helped to hold down the amount the typical undergraduate paid for college out of pocket.
  • That's also roughly the cost of the first launch itself, and space-x has paid all other expenses out of pocket.
  • They can pay out of pocket for the care they may end up needing in their frail years.
  • And his treatment will cost far more than his parents can pay out of pocket.
  • But if people have to pay out of pocket, they might not ask for visiting nurse services and their illnesses may get much worse.
  • Everyone is going to need care, and only a handful will be able to afford to pay for it out of pocket.
British Dictionary definitions for out of pocket

out of pocket

adjective (out-of-pocket when prenominal)
(postpositive) having lost money, as in a commercial enterprise
without money to spend
(prenominal) (of expenses) unbudgeted and paid for in cash
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Slang definitions & phrases for out of pocket

out of pocket

adjective phrase

Absent or otherwise unavailable: I'm out of the pocket for a bit, but I'll get back at ya (1974+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with out of pocket

out of pocket

Lacking money; also, having suffered a financial loss, as in We can't go; I'm out of pocket right now. William Congreve had it in The Old Bachelor (1693): “But egad, I'm a little out of pocket at present.” [ Late 1600s ]
Referring to actual money spent, as in I had to pay the hotel bill out of pocket, but I know I'll be reimbursed. This expression sometimes occurs as a hyphenated adjective mainly in the phrase out-of-pocket expenses, as in My out-of-pocket expenses for business travel amounted to more than a thousand dollars. [ Late 1800s ]
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