purse strings

purse strings
1. the right or power to manage the disposition of money: in control of the family purse strings.
2. hold the purse strings, to have the power to determine how money shall be spent.
3. loosen or tighten the purse strings, to increase or decrease expenditures or the availability of money: The budget committee is in the process of tightening the purse strings.
[1375-1425; late ME]

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purse strings
◇ A person, organization, or government that holds/controls the purse strings makes the decisions about how money is spent.

The museum's board of directors holds/controls the purse strings.

When a person, organization, or government tightens the purse strings, less money is available for spending.

School administrators are already tightening (the) purse strings.

When a person, organization, or government loosens the purse strings, more money is available for spending.

Companies are expected to loosen the purse strings as the economy improves.

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Main Entry:purse
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purse strings — see purse, 1
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Main Entry:string

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the ˈpurse strings [purse strings] noun plural
a way of referring to money and how it is controlled or spent

Who

holds the purse strings

in your house?

The government will have to

tighten the purse strings (= spend less)

.


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • purse strings — N PLURAL: the N If you say that someone holds or controls the purse strings, you mean that they control the way that money is spent in a particular family, group, or country. Women control the purse strings of most families... The bank has been… …   English dictionary

  • purse strings — {n.} Care or control of money. * /Dad holds the purse strings in our family./ * /The treasurer refused to let go of the club s purse strings./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • purse strings — {n.} Care or control of money. * /Dad holds the purse strings in our family./ * /The treasurer refused to let go of the club s purse strings./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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  • purse\ strings — noun Care or control of money. Dad holds the purse strings in our family. The treasurer refused to let go of the club s purse strings …   Словарь американских идиом

  • purse strings — /ˈpɜs strɪŋz/ (say pers stringz) plural noun 1. the strings by which a purse is closed. 2. the power to spend or withhold money: to control the purse strings of government spending …  

  • purse strings, the — purse ,strings, the noun the way in which money is controlled and spent by a group or organization: control the purse strings: She controls the family purse strings very tightly. tighten/loosen the purse strings (=reduce or increase the amount of …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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