in (one's) pocket

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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 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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If this government wants a decent force then they should put their hands in their pockets, pay up and let police get on with their job.
Even middle-sized businesses have all kinds of ways of pressuring states to make sure that this money ends up in their pockets and not in the pockets of hungry children.
What they know is, the government puts money in their pockets, and the main way it does so is through the whole Pentagon system.
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