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    Will17 is offline Senior Member
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    Wink shrink

    Hello!

    Can we say: to shrink a pocket?

    Is it better to say: to reduce a pocket?

    Thank you

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    Re: shrink

    What do you mean, a pocket?

    Do you mean on your clothing? I don't know how you can, short of ripping it off, cutting it, and sewing it back on.

    I know my dentist uses the word "pocket" in that context. I think he refers to trying to shrink the pockets.
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    Cool Re: shrink

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    What do you mean, a pocket?

    Do you mean on your clothing? I don't know how you can, short of ripping it off, cutting it, and sewing it back on.

    I know my dentist uses the word "pocket" in that context. I think he refers to trying to shrink the pockets.
    Yes, I mean on clothing. Could we write on a technical file (for a supplier) : shrink the pocket by 2 cm?

    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: shrink

    Something shrinks because of heat, etc.

    You want them to reduce the size.
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    Re: shrink

    'reduce the size of the pockets by 2 cm'
    'reduce the depth of the pockets by 2 cm'
    'shorten the pockets by 2 cm'
    'make the pockets 2 cm shorter [in depth]'

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