pocket watching / pocketwatching slang term depicting a jean pocket with money sticking out the top.

Pocket Watching

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Pocket Watching, sometimes spelled Pocketwatching, is an AAVE slang term used to describe the act of carefully following someone else's personal expenses. "Watching someone's pockets" means monitoring someone's income and expenditure, and is an activity that is generally taken to be annoying or off-putting. Throughout the 2010s, the slang term became more widespread as it was increasingly popularized online.


The earliest known uses of the phrase "pocket watching" on the internet can be traced back to tweets as early as 2009, with various Twitter users using the term in a negative way.[1][2][3] The term pocket watching is also used in various rap songs, including a 2010 track by Lil B (seen below, left) in which he says "plus they pocket-watching and they feeling like flodging,"[4] and a 2012 song by Nas (seen below, right) in which he says, "honey be pocket watching, she got a lot of options / hard to make up her mind deciding which baller to rock with."[5]

On September 9th, 2013, Urban Dictionary[6] user DoubleM-bay posted a definition for pocket watching that read, "If somebody is looking on how much money you got."

Pocket Watching If somebody is looking on how much money you got. A: "See how they're looking at us?" B: "They're pocket watching!" by DoubleM-Bay September 9, 2013 231 14 y f FLAG


On September 1st, 2016, Worldstar Hip Hop's official YouTube[7] channel put out a music video for the song "Pocket Watching" by Cash Out and Dae Dae, gathering over 4 million views in six years (seen below).

On October 24th, 2015, Twitter[8] user @RudeBoi79_ posted a photo with a caption that read, "Why You Hating On Me And You Pocket Watching?" (seen below, left). On July 22nd, 2018, Adam22 from the NoJumper podcast posted a tweet[9] that read, "Stop pocket watching 🛑," gathering over 1,000 likes in five years (seen below, right).

IG @RudeBoi79_ @Rude Boi79_ Why You Hating On Me And You Pocket Watching? Go Getcha SelfPaid Nigga.. S 5:10 PM Oct 24, 2015 M CKING ST adam22 @adam22 Stop pocket watching 00 @Twizeiofficial Jul 22, 2018 This nigga @adam22 make $6000+ on live stream every night 12:48 PM Jul 22, 2018 76 Retweets 4 Quotes 1,206 Likes

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HOOD VOGUE is tired of poverty @keyon "Y'all need to stop pocket watching and let rich folks spend their money how they want" 3:09 PM Mar 29, 2020 : 356 Retweets 13 Quotes 1,837 Likes 10 Bookmarks malik (ESA) 2 @tradcumslut 8:43 1 193 D dad > Today 8:37 AM You only have $22.14 in your college checking account . bro pocket watching The bank is sending me email notifications 6:29 PM 8/31/21 · Twitter for Android Delivered the head honcho @daveloach2 Why are you watching the guy get his cock jacked off? Let him cook, stop pocket watching HARRY POTTER MOVIES + PORN HEROIN AUTO MASTER- BATER 12:38 AM Dec 24, 2021 UH, THIS IS KIND OF WINE WEIRD 199 Retweets 12 Quotes 4,608 Likes 94 Bookmarks OMG LET PEOPLE ENJOY THINGS, @OWENBROADCAST shea. @sheabuttakisses How 'you pocket watching and your daddy living in Government housing barely paying taxes. Bye Eric Trump @EricTrump Oct 17, 2020 The salary of a U.S. Senator is $174,000 per year. This is Joe Biden's house.... seems legit 11:23 PM Oct 17, 2020 I BA AA FIFI VAL : 21.6K Retweets 137 Quotes 95.1K Likes 253 Bookmarks HOOD VOGUE is tired of pove... @keyon Pocket watching highschoolers is insane MBA Hunt... @Emporium.... May 21, 2022 A lot of these cars, designer, and jewelry I see being rented/worn for prom don't match the houses/neighborhood Show this thread 11:38 AM May 22, 2022 3,176 Retweets 25 Quotes 29.8K Likes 205 Bookmarks LSJ W @THELEXSANJ Y'all just been pocket watching this whole pandemic A Known Unkn... @camm... Aug 3, 2020 Y'all go buy expensive shit wit the EDD? Lmao pic.twitter.com/urCEIFAaAq Show this thread 3:21 PM. Aug 3, 2020 13.6K Retweets 355 Quotes 61.3K Likes 493 Bookmarks

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External References

[1] Twitter – blkdorsey

[2] Twitter – CPDaKickAddict

[3] Twitter – PTRILLA

[4]  Genius – Lil B

[5] Genius – Nas

[6] Urban Dictionary – Pocket watching

[7] YouTube – WorldstarHipHop

[8] Twitter – RudeBoi79_

[9] Twitter – adam22

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