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out of pocket

  1. (idiomatic) Lacking funds, or suffering a loss.
    After three races he was £10 out of pocket.
  2. (idiomatic) Of a person, not available; unable to be reached.
    • 2006, Lauren Dane, Sudden Desire, page 20:
      • Like a coward, he called his agent's work number and left a voicemail that he'd be out of pocket for several days but would try to check his messages here and there.
    • 2011, Boyd Morrison, The Catalyst, chapter 4.
      • Sir, Senders is still in Yosemite camping with his family. He'll be out of pocket until tomorrow night.
    • 2012, Vicki Hinze, Acts of Honor, page 196:
      • I'm going to be out of pocket for a while. Doing


out of pocket

  1. Of or pertaining to the spending of cash rather than using credit.
    I had lots of out-of-pocket expenses.