Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. #1
    emka's Avatar
    emka is offline Junior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • German
      • Home Country:
      • Germany
      • Current Location:
      • Germany
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Posts
    75
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Hip-pocket issue

    I know what a hip pocket is, but what is a hip-pocket issue? A minor issue, like a small rear pocket?

    Here is the sentence (mayor thinking loud about tolls on a bridge):

    Later, he acknowledged that tolls were a highly political, divisive and hip-pocket issue.

    I can't find anything on Google, just a few other articles where this term is used, but I can't guess from context what it means.

  2. #2
    bhaisahab's Avatar
    bhaisahab is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    22,246
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Hip-pocket issue

    Quote Originally Posted by emka View Post
    I know what a hip pocket is, but what is a hip-pocket issue? A minor issue, like a small rear pocket?

    Here is the sentence (mayor thinking loud about tolls on a bridge):

    Later, he acknowledged that tolls were a highly political, divisive and hip-pocket issue.

    I can't find anything on Google, just a few other articles where this term is used, but I can't guess from context what it means.
    I would guess it means a financial issue.

  3. #3
    emka's Avatar
    emka is offline Junior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • German
      • Home Country:
      • Germany
      • Current Location:
      • Germany
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Posts
    75
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Hip-pocket issue

    Thanks.
    Initially, I had this idea, too, because pocket usually refers to money (out of pocket/hit in the pocket). But then the sort of money people usually carry in their pockets is small change or maybe a thin purse with a few bills, yet this is about really big money.

    Maybe some more posts will bring new insights.

  4. #4
    bhaisahab's Avatar
    bhaisahab is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    22,246
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Hip-pocket issue

    Quote Originally Posted by emka View Post
    Thanks.
    Initially, I had this idea, too, because pocket usually refers to money (out of pocket/hit in the pocket). But then the sort of money people usually carry in their pockets is small change or maybe a thin purse with a few bills, yet this is about really big money.

    Maybe some more posts will bring new insights.
    Your hip pocket is where you notionally carry your wallet with all your cash, cards etcetera.

  5. #5
    emka's Avatar
    emka is offline Junior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • German
      • Home Country:
      • Germany
      • Current Location:
      • Germany
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Posts
    75
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Hip-pocket issue

    Ha, ha. I got it. A typical case of gender-specific perception.
    As I would never carry my wallet or purse with cash, cards etc. in my hip pocket (because it would bulge and it would disfigure my behind), this interpretation would not have occurred to me.
    But yes, it seems more likely now. Business and especially finance has traditionally been a male domain, hence this expression.

  6. #6
    SoothingDave is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    9,392
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Hip-pocket issue

    Tolls, like for a bridge or toll highway, are usually small denominations. But they do add up and can be a big issue for people who have to pay them, usually twice a day.

    A $2.50 toll twice a day is $100/month.

Similar Threads

  1. hip to the beat - meaning
    By lukre in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 15-May-2009, 17:54
  2. hip character
    By GUEST2008 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 02-Jan-2009, 00:16
  3. [General] I like a wide range of music, some of it hip and cool
    By dilermando in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 14-Sep-2008, 12:38
  4. Hip to be square
    By abajo in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 24-Jan-2008, 22:32
  5. rode on his hip
    By KLPNO in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 13-Jan-2008, 19:37

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Hotchalk