Date: Thu, 9 May 1996 17:41:27 -0500
From: Natalie Maynor maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]RA.MSSTATE.EDU
Subject: Re: out-of-pocket
The only use of out-of-pocket in my active vocabulary is to refer to
expenses incurred in the course of doing the boss's job for which an
employee may or may not receive reimbursement. In other words, a gift or
With this meaning, I find that it's usually in an attributive slot,
preceding a noun like "expenses." In my experience, "out of pocket"
as a predicate adjective nearly always refers to a person and means
something like "not around at the moment."
--Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ra.msstate.edu)