in (one's) hip pocket

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in (one's) hip pocket

Under one'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 corporate bigwigs' hip pockets! I hear that the boss has half the police force in his hip pocket.
See also: hip, pocket

in someone's hip pocket

completely under someone's control. North American
See also: hip, pocket