in (one's) pocket(redirected from in their pockets)
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.
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!
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]
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.
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.
in pocket1 having enough money or money to spare; having gained in a transaction. 2 (of money) gained by someone from a transaction.
in someone's pocketdependent on someone financially and therefore under their influence.
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
in (one's) pocket
In one's power, influence, or possession: The defendant had the jury in his 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.