"out of pocket"

Posted by R. Berg on March 09, 2002

In Reply to: "Out of pocket" posted by PattiJo on March 09, 2002

: Our family has an email list and recently one person said: "sorry I have been lax in writing, but I have been 'out of pocket' the past couple weeks.

: I understood what she meant - not functioning up to par - but I another family member who continually scrutinizes everything said it meant 'spending money out of our pocket' as in 'out of pocket expenses'.

: I never for a minute thought that.

: Comments welcome.

I understand "out of pocket" the same way your other family member does: as describing casual outlays of cash or small expenditures, small in relation to bigger budget items. But, then, I too continually scrutinize everything.