One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Dependent on someone financially and therefore under their influence.‘it was important that the voters should not be seen to be in any man's pocket’
- ‘The head doorman of the night club claimed he was a gangster figure with a police officer ‘in his pocket’ to whom he gave cocaine, a court heard today.’
- ‘The Institute of Justice did its best to prevent the Supreme Court decision to hand over private property to any rich developers who can get a couple of city councilors in their pocket.’
2Very close to and closely involved with someone.‘I'm tired of villages where everyone lives in everyone else's pocket’
- ‘One has to remember that Cambridge is a tiny city and though all these poets don't exactly live in each others pockets we do see each other by accident as much as by design.’
- ‘And, because the cast are living in each other's pockets doing two shows a day for weeks on end, we become a family.’
- ‘So then we had a slight argument, with her saying that I can still spend time on the computer doing all the things that I like doing on it, 'cause she doesn't want to be living in my pocket.’
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