in someone's pocket

in (one's) pocket

Under one's the direct control or influence, especially due to financial reasons. 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 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 someone's pocket

dependent on someone financially and therefore under their influence.
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I think it was carried either in the bottom of a purse or possibly unholstered in someone's pocket.
She added: "I'm loving Pond's flaming ginger mane and it's funny to think that the Doctor and Amy are small enough to travel around in someone's pocket.
I want to be loved and carried around in someone's pocket Artist Tracey Emin
A knife only becomes an offensive weapon when it is used as one, not when it is in someone's pocket or bag, or being used in the manner for which it was designed.
The glove was not very practical because it is bulky, but the mitt was very useful because you can put your hand in someone's pocket while wearing it.
Being able to write upside down is not a skill that is often called upon in modern life, but I suppose it's of more use than being able to urinate in someone's pocket without them noticing, which is the sort of thing you learn to do on football terraces.
To which nobody comes They don't know it's a market And life is like a gun Carried in someone's pocket It shoots the bubbles from the air And closes down the market.
For a time it will help plug the ozone hole, and one day it may even put a dollar in someone's pocket.
With UniqueAuction, the most unique bid wins, not the highest, so a brand new car can go for just pennies in someone's pocket if they're the only one to make a certain bid.
The mobile phone is the most widespread and frequently used consumer device - how else can you put an ad in someone's pocket or handbag?