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Idioms for purse strings
Origin of purse strings
Words nearby purse strings
Example sentences from the Web for purse strings
His London world talked of a hardening of heart and a tightening of purse-strings which signified disloyalty to the Cause.A Diversity of Creatures|Rudyard Kipling
That the House of Rothschild with its branches had an open sesame upon the purse-strings of Europe for half a century is a fact.Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)|Elbert Hubbard
The first thing Mr. Schnackenberger did was to draw his purse-strings, and indemnify the cook-maid.The Uncollected Writings of Thomas de Quincey, Vol. 2|Thomas de Quincey
Nothing is refused to the holder of the purse-strings to loose and to bind.Gobseck|Honore de Balzac
There you, my dear Madam, can help, if your purse-strings a little you'll slack.
British Dictionary definitions for purse strings
Idioms and Phrases with purse strings
Financial resources or control of them, as in His mother doesn't want to let go of the purse strings because he may make some foolish investments. This expression is often extended to hold or tighten or loosen the purse strings, as in As long as Dad holds the purse strings, we have to consider his wishes, or The company is tightening the purse strings and will not be hiring many new people this year. The purse strings in this idiom are the means of opening and closing a drawstring purse. [Early 1400s]