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In your pocket I'll stay till you send me away;

But keep me a while and I'll build up a pile,

Lest for desire I'll escape all a-fire.

What am I?

(haha I made this one up myself)

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    $\begingroup$ I guess that was too easy, eh? $\endgroup$ – bgmCoder Aug 14 '15 at 19:35
  • $\begingroup$ Yep, 'fraid so! So was your last rebus :-) $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Aug 14 '15 at 19:36
  • $\begingroup$ Okay, okay, I'll try harder. This is the first one I actually made up though. I publish a childrens' magazine, and had a riddle contest and my other rebus puzzles were created by them. $\endgroup$ – bgmCoder Aug 14 '15 at 19:39
  • $\begingroup$ But I can't use all their riddles! Look at this one: I am pink; I like mud and water but I am not a pig. I have a beak and I fly. What am I? I am at least conscientious enough not to post that one! So you see I'm making progress past the panda bear stage. $\endgroup$ – bgmCoder Aug 14 '15 at 19:41
  • $\begingroup$ So you're a professional riddle/rebus creator? Good to see PSE is being frequented by the 'experts' the mods always wanted to attract! ;-) $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Aug 14 '15 at 20:51
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MONEY?

In your pocket I'll stay till you send me away;

It stays in your pocket until you spend it.

But keep me a while and I'll build up a pile,

Keep it for long enough and it'll pile up like a miser's hoard.

Lest for desire I'll escape all a-fire.

Money can be spent (or escape your possession) on your desires. Alternatively (thanks to Kik), this refers to the expression "money is burning a hole in your pocket".

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  • $\begingroup$ You've got the answer; but think about the last line again for the full explanation. $\endgroup$ – bgmCoder Aug 14 '15 at 19:31
  • $\begingroup$ Aw, beat me! Good Job $\endgroup$ – Kik Aug 14 '15 at 19:33
  • $\begingroup$ Kik - you got the last line right though, so you get my vote, but rand got the answer first. $\endgroup$ – bgmCoder Aug 14 '15 at 19:34
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Money

In your pocket I'll stay till you send me away;

You keep money in your pocket until you spend it

But keep me a while and I'll build up a pile

If you save your money, it will add up, and you could also use it to earn additional interest in a savings account, or other investments

Lest for desire I'll escape all a-fire

The well known phrase "that money is burning a hole in your pocket"

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Is the answer:

a coin/coins

In your pocket I'll stay till you send me away;

coins stay in your pocket until you spend them

But keep me a while and I'll build up a pile,

If you don't use your coins you must be using bills and will inevitably get more coins in change. Alternatively you store your coins in a bank and they build interest

Lest for desire I'll escape all a-fire.

This is my biggest stretch. Unlike bills coins can't be set on fire, and the only way to really get rid of coins is to spend them on your desires

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Alternative answer:

Lint.

In your pocket I'll stay till you send me away;

til you pick it out

But keep me a while and I'll build up a pile,

Lint on the dryer filter

Lest for desire I'll escape all a-fire.

Lint in the drier filter can catch on fire. (desire rhymes with dryer?)

Note:

Rand wins but LINT WILL NOT BE SILINTSED

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  • $\begingroup$ groooaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnn! Are you picking on me? $\endgroup$ – bgmCoder Aug 14 '15 at 21:16

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