Purse-strings meaning

pûrsstrĭngz
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 is a draw string used to close a handbag, or is slang for having control over the money.

When the wife is in charge of the money in the family and gives her husband an allowance, this is an example of when the wife has the purse strings.

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Control over expenditures.

To hold the purse strings in a family.

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tighten (or loosen) the purse strings
  • to make funds or the supply of money less (or more) readily available
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

tighten (<i>or</i> loosen) the purse strings