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In my pocket

Posted by ESC on May 22, 2007

In Reply to: In my pocket posted by Austin Sage on May 22, 2007

: In football we have a phrase "he's in my pocket" which means I have the better of him, where does this come from and what did it originally refer to?

Merriam-Webster says "pocket" can mean a small bag. If you have someone in a bag, etc., he is in your control. The expression always makes me thing of someone won over by a bribe or other financial interest.