purse strings


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purse strings

or purse·strings (pûrs′strĭngz′)
pl.n.
Financial support or resources, or control over them: the politicians who control federal purse strings; tightened the corporate purse strings.
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purse strings

pl n
(Banking & Finance) control of finance or expenditure (esp in such phrases as hold or control the purse strings)
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purse′ strings`


n.pl.
the right or power to determine the disposition of financial resources: Who holds the purse strings in your family?
[1450–1500]
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Translations

purse strings

npl to hold the purse strings (fig) → tenere i cordoni della borsa
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References in classic literature ?
Cavendish, however, was a lady who liked to make her own plans, and expected other people to fall in with them, and in this case she certainly had the whip hand, namely: the purse strings.
"Those holding the public purse strings need to think very carefully about the price we all stand to pay" Successful partnerships have been forged between the public and voluntary sectors over many decades.
She said: "Most of the people who hold the purse strings are not women.
Yet he still believes the club can only temper Manchester City's impending dominance if they loosen the purse strings in January.
Time and time again we taxpayers are told public money is tight and the age of austerity isn't going to loosen the purse strings any time soon.
To help busy mums keep hold of the purse strings, we''ve got winter all wrapped up.
CHILDREN are receiving the most pocket money on average since 2007, as families start to ease their purse strings a little.
If people want to vent their anger it should be aimed at Ashley as he appointed JFK and he holds the purse strings.
FIGURES show our embassies around the world are spending more money and are loosening the purse strings.
Rodgers admits next season "the purse strings will be loosened" on the back of the influx of money from a new television deal but for now he is trying to make the best of his situation.
He will leave Bahrain feeling in need of a boil-wash, having surren-dered any principles because he was ordered to race by those who control the purse strings. The chequered flag should be replaced by a white one.