finger in the pie

[finger in the pie] {n. phr.}, {informal} Something to do with whathappens; part interest or responsibility.

When the girls got up aChristmas party, I felt sure Alice had a finger in the pie.

TheJones Company was chosen to build the new hospital and we knew Mr.Smith had a finger in the pie.

Jack is a boy with a finger inevery pie at school, from dramatics to football.

Compare: HAVE A HANDIN, TOO MANY IRONS IN THE FIRE.