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 for Out of pocket
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Out \Out\ (out), adv. [OE. out, ut, oute, ute, AS. [=u]t, and
     [=u]te, [=u]tan, fr. [=u]t; akin to D. uit, OS. [=u]t, G.
     aus, OHG. [=u]z, Icel. [=u]t, Sw. ut, Dan. ud, Goth. ut, Skr.
     ud. [root]198. Cf. About, But, prep., Carouse, Utter,
     In its original and strict sense, out means from the interior
     of something; beyond the limits or boundary of somethings; in
     a position or relation which is exterior to something; --
     opposed to in or into. The something may be expressed
     after of, from, etc. (see Out of, below); or, if not
     expressed, it is implied; as, he is out; or, he is out of the
     house, office, business, etc.; he came out; or, he came out
     from the ship, meeting, sect, party, etc. Out is used in a
     variety of applications, as: 
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     1. Away; abroad; off; from home, or from a certain, or a
        usual, place; not in; not in a particular, or a usual,
        place; as, the proprietor is out, his team was taken out.
        Opposite of in. "My shoulder blade is out." --Shak.
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              He hath been out (of the country) nine years.
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     2. Beyond the limits of concealment, confinement, privacy,
        constraint, etc., actual or figurative; hence, not in
        concealment, constraint, etc., in, or into, a state of
        freedom, openness, disclosure, publicity, etc.; a matter
        of public knowledge; as, the sun shines out; he laughed
        out, to be out at the elbows; the secret has leaked out,
        or is out; the disease broke out on his face; the book is
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              Leaves are out and perfect in a month. --Bacon.
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              She has not been out [in general society] very long.
                                                    --H. James.
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     3. Beyond the limit of existence, continuance, or supply; to
        the end; completely; hence, in, or into, a condition of
        extinction, exhaustion, completion; as, the fuel, or the
        fire, has burned out; that style is on the way out. "Hear
        me out." --Dryden.
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              Deceitful men shall not live out half their days.
                                                    --Ps. iv. 23.
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              When the butt is out, we will drink water. --Shak.
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     4. Beyond possession, control, or occupation; hence, in, or
        into, a state of want, loss, or deprivation; -- used of
        office, business, property, knowledge, etc.; as, the
        Democrats went out and the Whigs came in; he put his money
        out at interest. "Land that is out at rack rent." --Locke.
        "He was out fifty pounds." --Bp. Fell.
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              I have forgot my part, and I am out.  --Shak.
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     5. Beyond the bounds of what is true, reasonable, correct,
        proper, common, etc.; in error or mistake; in a wrong or
        incorrect position or opinion; in a state of disagreement,
        opposition, etc.; in an inharmonious relation. "Lancelot
        and I are out." --Shak.
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              Wicked men are strangely out in the calculating of
              their own interest.                   --South.
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              Very seldom out, in these his guesses. --Addison.
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     6. Not in the position to score in playing a game; not in the
        state or turn of the play for counting or gaining scores.
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     7. Out of fashion; unfashionable; no longer in current vogue;
     Note: Out is largely used in composition as a prefix, with
           the same significations that it has as a separate word;
           as outbound, outbreak, outbuilding, outcome, outdo,
           outdoor, outfield. See also the first Note under
           Over, adv.
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     Day in, day out, from the beginning to the limit of each of
        several days; day by day; every day.
     Out at, Out in, Out on, etc., elliptical phrases, that
        to which out refers as a source, origin, etc., being
        omitted; as, out (of the house and) at the barn; out (of
        the house, road, fields, etc., and) in the woods.
              Three fishers went sailing out into the west,
              Out into the west, as the sun went down. --C.
     Note: In these lines after out may be understood, "of the
           harbor," "from the shore," "of sight," or some similar
           phrase. The complete construction is seen in the
           saying: "Out of the frying pan into the fire."
     Out from, a construction similar to out of (below). See
        Of and From.
     Out of, a phrase which may be considered either as composed
        of an adverb and a preposition, each having its
        appropriate office in the sentence, or as a compound
        preposition. Considered as a preposition, it denotes, with
        verbs of movement or action, from the interior of; beyond
        the limit: from; hence, origin, source, motive, departure,
        separation, loss, etc.; -- opposed to in or into; also
        with verbs of being, the state of being derived, removed,
        or separated from. Examples may be found in the phrases
        below, and also under Vocabulary words; as, out of breath;
        out of countenance.
     Out of cess, beyond measure, excessively. --Shak.
     Out of character, unbecoming; improper.
     Out of conceit with, not pleased with. See under Conceit.
     Out of date, not timely; unfashionable; antiquated.
     Out of door, Out of doors, beyond the doors; from the
        house; not inside a building; in, or into, the open air;
        hence, figuratively, shut out; dismissed. See under
        Door, also, Out-of-door, Outdoor, Outdoors, in the
        Vocabulary. "He 's quality, and the question's out of
        door," --Dryden.
     Out of favor, disliked; under displeasure.
     Out of frame, not in correct order or condition; irregular;
        disarranged. --Latimer.
     Out of hand, immediately; without delay or preparation;
        without hesitation or debate; as, to dismiss a suggestion
        out of hand. "Ananias . . . fell down and died out of
        hand." --Latimer.
     Out of harm's way, beyond the danger limit; in a safe
     Out of joint, not in proper connection or adjustment;
        unhinged; disordered. "The time is out of joint." --Shak.
     Out of mind, not in mind; forgotten; also, beyond the limit
        of memory; as, time out of mind.
     Out of one's head, beyond commanding one's mental powers;
        in a wandering state mentally; delirious. [Colloq.]
     Out of one's time, beyond one's period of minority or
     Out of order, not in proper order; disarranged; in
     Out of place, not in the usual or proper place; hence, not
        proper or becoming.
     Out of pocket, in a condition of having expended or lost
        more money than one has received.
     Out of print, not in market, the edition printed being
        exhausted; -- said of books, pamphlets, etc.
     Out of the question, beyond the limits or range of
        consideration; impossible to be favorably considered.
     Out of reach, beyond one's reach; inaccessible.
     Out of season, not in a proper season or time; untimely;
     Out of sorts, wanting certain things; unsatisfied; unwell;
        unhappy; cross. See under Sort, n.
     Out of temper, not in good temper; irritated; angry.
     Out of time, not in proper time; too soon, or too late.
     Out of time, not in harmony; discordant; hence, not in an
        agreeing temper; fretful.
     Out of twist, Out of winding, or Out of wind, not in
        warped condition; perfectly plain and smooth; -- said of
     Out of use, not in use; unfashionable; obsolete.
     Out of the way.
        (a) On one side; hard to reach or find; secluded.
        (b) Improper; unusual; wrong.
     Out of the woods, not in a place, or state, of obscurity or
        doubt; free from difficulty or perils; safe. [Colloq.]
     Out to out, from one extreme limit to another, including
        the whole length, breadth, or thickness; -- applied to
     Out West, in or towards, the West; specifically, in some
        Western State or Territory. [U. S.]
     To come out, To cut out, To fall out, etc. See under
        Come, Cut, Fall, etc.
     To make out See to make out under make, v. t. and v.
     To put out of the way, to kill; to destroy.
     Week in, week out. See Day in, day out (above).
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pocket \Pock"et\ (p[o^]k"[e^]t), n. [OE. poket, Prov. F. & OF.
     poquette, F. pochette, dim. fr. poque, pouque, F. poche;
     probably of Teutonic origin. See Poke a pocket, and cf.
     Poach to cook eggs, to plunder, and Pouch.]
     1. A bag or pouch; especially; a small bag inserted in a
        garment for carrying small articles, particularly money;
        hence, figuratively, money; wealth.
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     2. One of several bags attached to a billiard table, into
        which the balls are driven.
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     3. A large bag or sack used in packing various articles, as
        ginger, hops, cowries, etc.
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     Note: In the wool or hop trade, the pocket contains half a
           sack, or about 168 Ibs.; but it is a variable quantity,
           the articles being sold by actual weight.
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     4. (Arch.) A hole or space covered by a movable piece of
        board, as in a floor, boxing, partitions, or the like.
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     5. (Mining.)
        (a) A cavity in a rock containing a nugget of gold, or
            other mineral; a small body of ore contained in such a
        (b) A hole containing water.
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     6. (Nat.) A strip of canvas, sewn upon a sail so that a
        batten or a light spar can placed in the interspace.
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     7. (Zool.) Same as Pouch.
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     8. Any hollow place suggestive of a pocket in form or use;
        (a) A bin for storing coal, grain, etc.
        (b) A socket for receiving the foot of a post, stake, etc.
        (c) A bight on a lee shore.
        (d) a small cavity in the body, especially one abnormally
            filled with a fluid; as, a pocket of pus.
        (e) (Dentistry) a small space between a tooth and the
            adjoining gum, formed by an abnormal separation of the
            gum from the tooth.
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     9. An isolated group or area which has properties in contrast
        to the surrounding area; as, a pocket of poverty in an
        affluent region; pockets of resistance in a conquered
        territory; a pocket of unemployment in a booming ecomony.
     10. (Football) The area from which a quarterback throws a
         pass, behind the line of scrimmage, delineated by the
         defensive players of his own team who protect him from
         attacking opponents; as, he had ample time in the pocket
         to choose an open receiver.
     11. (Baseball) The part of a baseball glove covering the palm
         of the wearer's hand.
     12. (Bowling) the space between the head pin and one of the
         pins in the second row, considered as the optimal point
         at which to aim the bowling ball in order to get a
     Note: Pocket is often used adjectively in the sense of small,
           or in the formation of compound words usually of
           obvious signification; as, pocket knife, pocket comb,
           pocket compass, pocket edition, pocket handkerchief,
           pocket money, pocket picking, or pocket-picking, etc.
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     deep pocket or
     deep pockets, wealth or substantial financial assets.
     Note: Used esp. in legal actions, where plaintiffs desire to
           find a defendant with "deep pockets", so as to be able
           to actually obtain the sum of damages which may be
           judged due to him. This contrasts with a
           "judgment-proof" defendant, one who has neither assets
           nor insurance, and against whom a judgment for monetary
           damages would be uncollectable and worthless. 
     Out of pocket. See under Out, prep.
     Pocket borough, a borough "owned" by some person. See under
        Borough. [Eng.]
     Pocket gopher (Zool.), any one of several species of
        American rodents of the genera Geomys, and Thomomys,
        family Geomyd[ae]. They have large external cheek
        pouches, and are fossorial in their habits. they inhabit
        North America, from the Mississippi Valley west to the
        Pacific. Called also pouched gopher.
     Pocket mouse (Zool.), any species of American mice of the
        family Saccomyid[ae]. They have external cheek pouches.
        Some of them are adapted for leaping (genus Dipadomys),
        and are called kangaroo mice. They are native of the
        Southwestern United States, Mexico, etc.
     Pocket piece, a piece of money kept in the pocket and not
     Pocket pistol, a pistol to be carried in the pocket.
     Pocket sheriff (Eng. Law), a sheriff appointed by the sole
        authority of the crown, without a nomination by the judges
        in the exchequer. --Burrill.
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From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  57 Moby Thesaurus words for "out of pocket":
     at a loss, badly off, bankrupt in, bare of, bereft of, denuded of,
     deprived of, destitute of, devoid of, distressed, down to bedrock,
     embarrassed, empty of, feeling the pinch, for want of, forlorn of,
     hard up, ill off, impecunious, in Queer Street, in default of,
     in narrow circumstances, in reduced circumstances,
     in straitened circumstances, in the red, in want of, lacking,
     land-poor, missing, narrow, needing, on the edge, out, out of,
     pinched, poor, poorly off, reduced, scant of, short, short of,
     short of cash, short of funds, short of money, shy, shy of,
     squeezed, straitened, strapped, to the bad, unblessed with,
     unmoneyed, unpossessed of, unprofitably, unprosperous, void of,

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