in (one's) pocket

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in (one's) 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' pockets! I hear that the boss has half the police force in his pocket.
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in pocket

Having an amount of money, typically referring to an excess. The amount can be general or specified before the phrase. I'm in pocket, so don't worry about picking up the check. All told, we're about $5,000 in pocket after the fundraiser. Not bad!
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in one's pocket

1. In one's power or possession, under one's influence. For example, The defense lawyer had the jury in his pocket. [Mid-1800s]
2. in each other's pockets. In very close proximity or mutual dependence, as in Bert and Harry work in the same office, live in the same house, belong to the same clubs-they're constantly in each other's pockets . [Mid-1900s]
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in pocket

Having funds; also, having a particular amount of extra funds that constitute a profit. For example, Tom's in pocket this week so let him treat us all, or After a day at the races she was a hundred dollars in pocket. [Mid-1700s] Also see in one's pocket.
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in someone's pocket

If you are in someone's pocket, they control you and you do everything that they tell you. Surely there was a judge somewhere who wasn't in Jason's pocket. The Labour party suffered badly from claims that it was in the pockets of the unions.
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in pocket

1 having enough money or money to spare; having gained in a transaction. 2 (of money) gained by someone from a transaction.
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in someone's pocket

dependent on someone financially and therefore under their influence.
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in somebody’s ˈpocket

(informal) in somebody’s control, under somebody’s influence, etc: She makes all the decisions, not him. He’s completely in her pocket.The gang had hundreds of police officers in their pockets. OPPOSITE: be your own man/woman
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in (one's) pocket

In one's power, influence, or possession: The defendant had the jury in his pocket.
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in pocket

1. Having funds.
2. Having gained or retained funds of a specified amount: was a hundred dollars in pocket after a day at the races.
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References in classic literature ?
"Have you any message for your old playfellow, Miss Garth?" said the Vicar, as he took a fragrant apple from the basket which she held towards him, and put it in his pocket. "Something to soften down that harsh judgment?
The homoerotic scene paints a most distressing and disturbingly unsolicited rite of passage: "Robert closed his eyes as he felt the sheriff's surprisingly soft hands take hold of his penis and tenderly stroke it until it, because it was it, became stiff and rigid and the sheriff reached in his pocket and taking out his pocket knife, opened it and began gently stroking the head of Robert's penis with the sharp edge of the knife blade...." Purification comes with further debasement and humiliation when, at the end of the ritual, the sheriff instructs Wylie, a local black man he had brought to the "party," to "lick [Card] clean." Card's pain resounds from his accusing proclamation: "I was too young, Cal.
The skeptic disinclined to believe the radio ads or tortilla bags might listen up if he sees his neighbor or brother-in-law walking around with a green-striped I-688 work permit in his pocket.