Date: Fri, 10 May 1996 10:27:04 -0500 From: Natalie Maynor Subject: Re: out-of-pocket > Like Natalie, I also "feel" that I've heard this all my life, but never > in collocations with people, only re. expenses. I didn't mean to include the re expenses meaning when I said I felt that I'd known it all my life. I meant only in the sense of "I tried to find John, but he seems to be out-of-pocket." I am pretty sure that I knew that meaning long before I ever heard about "out-of-pocket expenses." That, of course, may say nothing about which one was around first. I wasn't as likely to be thinking about out-of-pocket expenses as a child or teenager as I was about whether John might be out-of-pocket when I was looking for him. --Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]