vest-pocket

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Etymology[edit]

From vest + pocket, referring to the pockets of a suit vest, which are only sized to hold watches, handkerchiefs, wallets, and similarly small items.

Adjective[edit]

vest-pocket (not comparable)

  1. Small enough to be carried in a vest pocket or other small container.
    She carried a vest-pocket copy of the New Testament in her purse at all times.
  2. By extension, anything smaller than would ordinarily be expected.
    Levi's apartment was a vest-pocket Graceland; every inch of wall and shelf space was covered by Elvis memorabilia.

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