verb (used with object), pursed, purs·ing.
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Origin of purse
OTHER WORDS FROM pursepurse·less, adjectivepurse·like, adjective
How to use purse in a sentence
As much as the ownership of the Lerner family spends on payroll, they tightened the purse strings that spring and wouldn’t allow for, say, free agent Greg Holland.Brad Hand’s arrival might end a Nationals tradition: The search for summer relief|Barry Svrluga|January 26, 2021|Washington Post
The company previously released a larger version, which is available in a handful of stores, but says people were interested in something smaller they could carry around with them, like a purse dog.CES goes full pandemic with smart masks, stickers to detect covid and the biggest WiFi update in years|Geoffrey Fowler, Heather Kelly, Dalvin Brown, Rachel Lerman|January 12, 2021|Washington Post
According to the brands behind them, they were perfect for tucking into a pocket or purse, and using for touchups at the gym or in-transit as someone ricocheted from one location to another.What happened to beauty’s on-the-go wipes brands in 2020?|jim cooper|December 29, 2020|Digiday
Some of our readers have told us that they always keep a cloth mask in their purse, or put one in a pocket before leaving the house, just to make sure they have a mask with them at all times.Hints From Heloise: Fire hazards in the laundry room|Heloise Heloise|December 11, 2020|Washington Post
In-ear headphones are also generally more portable because they are typically stored in small cases that easily slide into coat pockets, small purses, etcetera.
My present—and it is to be hoped permanent—wife is not off pursing a spouse more to her liking.What Did TJ Mean By “Pursuit of Happiness,” Anyway?|P. J. O’Rourke|June 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"Well, it may be best," she said, pursing her mouth as if she tasted the bitter of some half-suspected and disagreeable future.Overland|John William De Forest
She was looking at her shoe, pursing her lips thoughtfully, seeing her feet encased in the gay embroideries of the Medici boots.The Medici Boots|Pearl Norton Swet
He looked at me through half-shut eyes, pursing his dry lips, and he asked me where I came from.The Belted Seas|Arthur Colton
She looked pensively at her scorched finger-tip, and, pursing up her red lips, blew a gentle breath to cool it.In Search of the Unknown|Robert W. Chambers
"Neither bond nor free," Harold said, pursing his lips and lifting his brows.Quin|Alice Hegan Rice
British Dictionary definitions for purse
Word Origin for purse
Idioms and Phrases with purse
In addition to the idiom beginning with purse
- purse strings
- can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear