lay it on someone’s hip
[the pre-mobile phone pager was often clipped to the belt at hip level]
[2000s] (US black) to call someone on their pager.
lie on the hip
(alsohit it on the hip, take it..., lie on one’s ear)
[1900s–60s] (drugs) using narcotics, whether opium, heroin or, latterly, crack cocaine [opium smokers rested on one hip as they smoked].
on the hip[wrestling imagery, and used as such in the sport: the victim’s hip would be on the ground when knocked down; however, note Nares, Glossary (1822): ‘This phrase seems to have originated from hunting, because, when the animal was seized upon the hip, it is finally disabled from flight’; Dr. Johnson (in Notes on Shakespeare, 1765) suggests a link to the cross-buttock throw in wrestling but opted for the hunting link in later editions of his Dictionary]
[mid-15C+] in a position of control, near absolute superiority .