Date: Fri, 10 May 1996 09:39:53 -0600 From: Joan Houston Hall Subject: Re: out-of-pocket DARE will have an entry for "out of (the) pocket" in volume IV (at "pocket"). It's labelled "chiefly Sth, S Midl" and defined 'Unavailable, absent, out of place.' We have quite a few contemporary examples, but nothing earlier than the late 1960s. So if anyone can come up with an earlier citation, or even a recollection of the use of the phrase before that, I'd like to see it. This usually refers to people rather than things, occurring in contexts such as "I called you at home yesterday, but you were out of pocket." "I'm out of the pocket for a bit, but will get back at ya." "I'll be out of pocket for a few days, but you can leave a message on my machine." Joan Hall DARE