Sword and purse - definition of Sword and purse by The Free Dictionary
Sword and purse
|the military power and financial resources of a nation.|
See also: Purse
References in classic literature
Pierre Joseph Genestas' sword and purse
are at your disposal, and I am yours to the last drop of my blood.
Wadsworth "objected against [the Constitution]," according to the records of the debate, "because it gave the power of the purse to the general legislature; another paragraph gave the power of the sword [to the legislature]; and that authority which has the power of the sword and purse