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noun [countable]     pocket pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    a small bag that forms part of a piece of clothing and is used for holding small objects

    The money had fallen out of a hole in my pocket.

    She searched her pockets for the car keys.

    a pants/shirt/coat pocket

    a top pocket (=on the front of a jacket)

    a back pocket (=of a pair of pants)

    He slipped his billfold into an inside pocket (=of his coat).

    put something into/take something out of a pocket:

    She had put her hands in her pockets to keep them warm.

    empty your pockets:

    The police officer asked us to empty our pockets.

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    1. a.
      a small bag or other container that forms part of an object, for example a bag

      The safety instructions are in the pocket of the seat in front of you.

      She put the money in the middle pocket of her purse.

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    2. b.
      a hole with a small string bag fitted below it in the side of a billiard or pool table that you try to hit a ball into

      Hit the ball into one of the side pockets.

  2. 2
    a supply of money that is available for spending
    out of/from your own pocket (=using your own money, not your company’s):

    Our boss expects us to pay for the trip out of our own pockets.

    deep pockets (=a lot of available money):

    It’s an organization with very deep pockets.

  3. 3
    a small area which has a particular quality that makes it different from the areas around it
    pocket of:

    There are still pockets of resistance to the government forces.

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