Date: Thu, 9 May 1996 17:41:27 -0500 From: Natalie Maynor 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]