purse strings
noun plural Date: 15th century financial resources; also control over these resources

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • purse strings — n. a drawstring for closing certain purses hold the purse strings to be in control of the money tighten the purse strings or loosen the purse strings to make funds less (or more) readily available …   English World dictionary

  • purse strings — purse′ strings n. pl. cvb the right or power to determine the disposition of financial resources: Who holds the purse strings in your family?[/ex] • Etymology: 1450–1500 …   From formal English to slang

  • 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… …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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… …   Universalium

  • 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

  • purse strings — n. finances to control, hold the purse strings * * * [ pɜːsˌstrɪŋz] hold the purse strings [ finances ] to control …   Combinatory dictionary

  • 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 …   Australian English dictionary

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