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purse stringsor purse·strings (pûrs′strĭngz′)
Financial support or resources, or control over them: the politicians who control federal purse strings; tightened the corporate purse strings.
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(Banking & Finance) control of finance or expenditure (esp in such phrases as hold or control the purse strings)
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the right or power to determine the disposition of financial resources: Who holds the purse strings in your family?
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