in possession

in (one's) possession

Owned, held by, or under the custody of someone. With her father's inheritance in her possession, Samantha intends to start her own business. The detective wanted to know how long the victim's diary had been in the suspect's possession. Are you on your way to get it, or is literally already in your possession?
See also: possession
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*in someone's possession

held by someone; owned by someone. (*Typically: be ~; come [into] ~.) The book is now in my possession. How long has this object been in your possession?
See also: possession
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The man was then searched and found to be in possession of a knife.
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It was unreasonable to require the client to specify the particular items they wanted because they could not predict a priori either what they would need in the future or what data was even there, all of the material in question being in possession of the lawyer (no big surprise--protection of the client's interests has been a hallmark of this area of the law since time immemorial).
Anyone found carrying a knife unless authorised to do so should be treated in exactly the same way as they would be in possession of a firearm.
He's a good tackler and, when he is in possession, he doesn't waste the ball.
But impostors in possession of a certified birth certificate can go farther, and even parlay a driver's license and a Social Security number into that most desirable of documents, the U.S.
Officers determined they were in possession of the items taken from the vehicle on Ashland Court and arrested them, police said.
The students' defence team said during Saturday's session that at the time of their arrest, the students were only in possession of two cameras, posters carrying the "Rab sign", and drums.