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pocketbook

[pok-it-boo k] /ˈpɒk ɪtˌbʊk/
noun
1.
a woman's purse or handbag.
2.
a person's financial resources or means:
The price was out of reach of his pocketbook.
3.
Also, pocket book. a book, usually paperback, that is small enough to carry in one's coat pocket.
4.
British.
  1. a notebook for carrying in one's pocket.
  2. a wallet or billfold.
Origin
1610-1620
1610-20; pocket + book
Can be confused
briefcase, handbag, pocketbook, purse, valise, wallet.
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British Dictionary definitions for pocket-book

pocketbook

/ˈpɒkɪtˌbʊk/
noun (US & Canadian)
1.
a small bag or case for money, papers, etc, carried by a handle or in the pocket
2.
(modifier) concerned with personal finance: pocketbook issues
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Word Origin and History for pocket-book

pocketbook

n.

also pocket-book, 1610s, originally a small book meant to be carried in one's pocket, from pocket (n.) + book (n.). Meaning "a booklike leather folder for papers, bills, etc." is from 1722. Meaning "a woman's purse" is from 1816.

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