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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They would steal wallets or some other thing in the pocket often applying distractions.
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.