Out of Pocket

Donald M Lance lancedm at MISSOURI.EDU
Tue Jan 22 06:45:27 UTC 2002

People keep looking for a literal source of 'out of pocket' = unavailable.
If you want a sports source, maybe billiards would be better than American
football, since it is older.  Maybe cricket.  I don't think it's a new term.

> From: sagehen <sagehen at WESTELCOM.COM>
> Steve Boatti wrote:
>> No one seems to remember that it originally meant "lacking money."
> ~~~~~~~~
> Not "lacking money," just paying for it out of one's own resources, instead
> of on an expense account or qualifying for reimbursement.
> That, to me, suggests a possible path of  development:  being on one's own
> -> being OFF on one's own -> being out of reach.
> A. Murie

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