in the hip pocket of (someone)

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in the hip pocket of (someone)

Under one's the direct control or influence, especially due to financial reasons. It's pretty obvious that our national legislators are all in the hip pocket of corporations. You'll never get justice for it—half the police force is in the hip pocket of the mafia.
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If the center comes back at more of an angle, tackle can go behind him and sit in the hip pocket of the pulling guard.