in the hip pocket of (someone)

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in the hip pocket of (someone)

Under someone's control or influence, especially in an underhanded or unethical way, such as by bribery or extortion. It's pretty obvious that our national legislators are all in the hip pocket of corporations. You'll never get justice for it—half the police force is in the hip pocket of the mafia.
See also: hip, of, pocket
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If the center comes back at more of an angle, tackle can go behind him and sit in the hip pocket of the pulling guard.