Peggy commits a grievous faux pas when she nervously eyes her purse—with a wad of cash inside—next to the sofa.
She snatched her purse from the kitchen counter and stormed out the front door, past his duffel bags.
As she was anxiously awaiting her open-carry permit, she began shopping for a purse that would fit her weapon.
She lost her grip and her friend grabbed the purse and was dragged along the ground.
Investigators later told The Daily Beast that her purse had not been taken.
But then—that sort of purse shape——Could I get a small pair of folding curling-irons into it, should you think, at a pinch?
And this second purse is a present, in memory of your gallant defense of the caravan.
The countryman pays the sixpence, and straightway opens the purse, but he does not find the sixpence therein.
"Dear little Betty," said Dot, and slipped the shilling into her purse.
I went at once to my mother, and made her give me five pounds out of the gentleman's purse.
Old English pursa "little bag made of leather," especially for carrying money, from Medieval Latin bursa "leather purse" (source also of Old French borse, 12c., Modern French bourse; cf. bourse), from Late Latin bursa, variant of byrsa "hide," from Greek byrsa "hide, leather." Change of b- to p- perhaps by influence of Old English pusa, Old Norse posi "bag."
Meaning "woman's handbag" is attested from 1951. Meaning "sum of money collected as a prize in a race, etc.," is from 1640s. Purse-strings, figurative for "control of money," is from early 15c. Purse-snatcher first attested 1902 (earlier purse-picker, 1540s). The notion of "drawn together by a thong" also is behind purse-net (c.1400).
c.1300, "put in a purse;" c.1600 as "draw together and wrinkle" (as the strings of a money bag), from purse (n.). Related: Pursed; pursing.