of a suitable size for carrying in a pocket:a pocket German dictionary on a small scale:a 6,000 acre pocket paradise
1a small bag sewn into or on clothing so as to form part of it, used for carrying small articles: she fished for her door key in her coat pocket a pouch-like compartment providing separate storage space, for example in a suitcase or car door: the pack has two main compartments and four pockets South African a narrow sack in which agricultural produce is sold, used as a measure for trading: consumers are paying the same for 10 kg pockets of potatoes as they paid for 15 kg pockets last year Billiards
& Snooker an opening at the corner or on the side of the table into which balls are struck.
informal a person’s financial resources:the food was all priced to suit the hard-up airman’s pocket
2a small patch of something:some of the gardens still had pockets of dirty snow in them a small, isolated group or area:there were pockets of disaffection in parts of the country a cavity in a rock or stratum filled with ore or other material.
put into one’s pocket:she watched him lock up and pocket the key take or receive (money or other valuables) for oneself, especially dishonestly:local politicians were found to have been pocketing the proceeds of fund-raisers Billiards
& Snooker drive (a ball) into a pocket: he pocketed the 8-ball on the break for a victory in the title game
enclose as though in a pocket:the fillings can be pocketed in a pitta bread suppress (one’s feelings) and proceed despite them:they were prepared to pocket their pride
1dependent on someone financially and therefore under their influence: it was important that the voters should not be seen to be in any man’s pocket 2very close to and closely involved with someone:I’m tired of villages where everyone lives in everyone else’s pocket
- noun (plural pocketfuls)