out of pocket

adverb
Updated on: 20 Feb 2018

Definition of out of pocket

1 : from cash on hand : with one's own money rather than with money from another source (such as an insurance company)
  • With so many people willing to pay out of pocket most insurance companies do not pay for the procedure, because they regard it as "cosmetic" …
  • —Kenneth Chang
2 chiefly British
a : in the position of having lost money
  • On Oct. 7, the government suddenly pulled the plug on Railtrack PLC, the privatized owner of Britain's railway infrastructure, leaving the company's 250,000 shareholders out of pocket.
  • —Kerry Capell
b : out of funds : without money
  • My wife and I are already consumers of Straus's organic yogurt, butter, cream and ice cream, although I admit when I am feeling out of pocket I opt for a slightly cheaper competitor.
  • —Larry Gallagher

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First Known Use of out of pocket

1679


out-of-pocket

adjective out-of-pock·et \ ˌau̇t-ə(v)-ˈpä-kət \

Definition of out-of-pocket

: requiring an outlay of cash
  • out-of-pocket expenses

First Known Use of out-of-pocket

1885


OUT OF POCKET Defined for English Language Learners

out-of-pocket

adjective

Definition of out-of-pocket for English Language Learners

  • : paid for with your own money rather than with money from another source (such as the company you work for or an insurance company)


Law Dictionary

out-of-pocket

adjective

legal Definition of out-of-pocket

: requiring an outlay of cash
  • out-of-pocket expenses

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