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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It's traditional for the bride's mum and dad to dip into their pocket and they don't see any reason why that should change just because Kate is marrying Prince William.
Parents now have to dip into their pockets to provide essentials such as textbooks.
Bantillan said teachers would even have to dip into their pockets for some classroom needs.
Schools closing early instead of remaining open five days a week is the last straw after teacher losses, sacking of support staff and appeals for parents to dip into their pockets to buy everything from toilet rolls to pens.
LIVERPOOL fans who have not already got tickets for Steven Gerrard's last two matches in a Liverpool shirt should be ready to dip into their pockets for the privilege.
But no, the club waits until the supporters dip into their pockets to pay out hard-earned cash for an FA Cup game to put on one of the worst performances a Town side has shown for years (probably since the dark days of the fourth division) I have supported the club for 54 of my 59 years and can honestly say that Saturday made me think why am I bothering.
Instead, the people of Middlesbrough and North Yorkshire have to dip into their pockets to pay for our own statue.
"Anytime we've asked the owners to dip into their pockets and get wages out for loan players or go to other parts of the world and invest in young players for the future they have done that.
Are all the road users who are already being taxed to death going to have to dip into their pockets yet again to sort this mess out?
With pounds 4m to raise every year, Business Post urges readers to dip into their pockets and help us gather as much money as possible so they can provide care and terminal nursing for children.
"Even though my grandfather died in 1999 our family are still really involved in the club and my mother, Carrall, works there two days a week." Customers at Esquires Coffee House have been among the first to dip into their pockets and sponsor Steven, who hopes to raise a four-figure sum.
THE term "charity fatigue" has crept into the language over recent years, suggesting people have grown weary of appeals for them to dip into their pockets.
And it could be ended in a second if oil giants Shell were prepared to dip into their pockets for what amounts to loose change from their multi-billion profits.
Another recent survey underlined the vital role many play in providing free childcare so their children can work, to service that monster truck of a mortgage, and now they're having to dip into their pockets too.
Producers have been price takers, separated from the business end of the supply chain, where consumers dip into their pockets to buy milk products that have been transformed at the processing stage.