dip into (one's) pocket

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dip into (one's) pocket

To spend a lot of one's money. We had to dip into our pockets after our construction budget ballooned beyond what we had planned.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

dip into your pocket


dig into your pocket

COMMON If someone dips into their pocket or digs into their pocket, they pay for something with their own money. As a player, you must dip into your own pocket at times, for boots, training gear, and the odd hotel room. Note: You can also say that someone puts their hand in their pocket, with the same meaning. The only time you'll have to put your hand in your pocket is for the spa treatments. Note: Pocket is used in many expressions with similar meanings connected with paying for things. What this club needs is for the directors to dip their hands in their pockets. Note: To talk about paying a lot of money, expressions such as dig deep into your pocket are often used. Adrian dug deep into his own pocket and published the book himself. Note: You can just say that someone digs deep, or that they dig deeper. At Christmas, most will dig deep and spend more than last year. We are asking the richer nations to dig deeper.
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Andy Cole reckons Newcastle have paid a heavy price for Mike Ashley's failure to dip into his pocket this summer.
Now it seems inevitable Gartside will have to dip into his pocket to pay off Leicester and get the manager he wants in time for Sunday's visit of Aston Villa - or face being reported to the Premier League and FA for his business practice.
RANDY Lerner is set to dip into his pocket again by handing out a free scarf to every Villa fan who goes through the turnstiles for the final home game of the season against Sheffield United.
GRAHAM HENRY will dip into his pocket and pull out pounds 20,000 on September 1 - the price of leading Wales to rugby glory.
The Antrim player knows many of his followers well, and vowed to dip into his pockets to fund a celebratory dinner.
WIGAN boss Paul Jewell will need to dip into his pockets to pay a fine the Football Association are almost certain to dish out for a stinging attack on referee Phil Dowd.
Lothian and his entire squad will be at Albert Park to cheer on the Royalists tonight and he will gladly dip into his pockets at full-time if the result goes his way.