in the pocket of (someone)

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in the pocket of (someone)

Under the direct control or influence of someone or some group. It's pretty obvious that our national legislators are all in the pockets of corporate bigwigs! The principal has been in the pocket of the superintendent ever since he started the job.
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He straightened up, and, while he reached for matches in the pocket of his overalls, his eyes travelled across the pool to the side-hill.
Well, I forgot the money in the pocket of my old coat-- you know when God will ruin a man he first of all bereaves him of his senses--and it was only this morning at half-past seven that I woke up and grabbed at my coat pocket, first thing.
But I had the map in the pocket of this coat, and now it is gone
The fingers of his right hand had disappeared in the pocket of his black velvet dinner-coat.
He felt for the bank roll in the pocket in which he had been accustomed to carry it.
Are you saying that anyone who is not on your side can only be in the pocket of some power elite?
When shuffling up in the pocket, he should always bring the back foot forward first, preventing him from over-striding.
Even middle-sized businesses have all kinds of ways of pressuring states to make sure that this money ends up in their pockets and not in the pockets of hungry children.
These excess funds belong back in the pockets of North Carolina drivers and I have ordered insurers to provide a five percent rate credit to the drivers of our state.