Out of pocket?
April 3, 2008 6:05 AM Subscribe
What does the phrase "out of pocket" mean, and what's its origin?
posted by Prospero to grab bag (66 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
At least twice in the past week I've heard the phrase "out of pocket" used as follows:
"Sorry I didn't reply to your e-mail--I was out of pocket."
"I'm going to be out of pocket for the next couple of days."
I have no clear idea what this expression means. Does it mean the same thing as "out of touch"? Or is there a connotation of illness attached (as I thought at first--though if that's the case, then it wouldn't make sense to say you're going to be out of pocket in the future). Also, does it have a connotation of inconvenience attached to it? Does one want to be "out of pocket," or not?
If it's a regional usage, I live in New Jersey, for what it's worth.