out of one's own pocket

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of out of one's own pocket

: using one's own money
  • The governor paid for the event out of his own pocket.

Word by Word Definitions

out play
  1. : in a direction away from the inside or center

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

  1. used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

  2. : one who is out of office or power or on the outside

  3. : an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats

own play
  1. : belonging to oneself or itself

  2. used to express immediate or direct kinship

  1. : to have or hold as property : possess

  2. : to have power or mastery over

  3. : to acknowledge to be true, valid, or as claimed : admit

  1. : one or ones belonging to oneself

pocket play
  1. : a small bag carried by a person : purse

  2. : a small bag that is sewed or inserted in a garment so that it is open at the top or side

  3. : supply of money : means

  1. : to put or enclose in or as if in one's pocket

  2. : to appropriate to one's own use : steal

  3. : to refuse assent to (a bill) by a pocket veto

  1. : small enough to be carried in the pocket

  2. : small, miniature

  3. : of or relating to money


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