hold/control the purse strings

Definition of hold/control the purse strings

:to make the decisions about how money is spent
  • The museum's board of directors holds/controls the purse strings.

Word by Word Definitions

hold play
  1. : to have possession or ownership of or have at one's disposal

  2. : to have as a privilege or position of responsibility

  3. : to have as a mark of distinction

  1. : stronghold

  2. : confinement, custody

  3. : prison

  1. : the interior of a ship below decks

  2. : the cargo compartment of a plane

control play
  1. : to check, test, or verify by evidence or experiments

  2. : to incorporate suitable controls in

  3. : to exercise restraining or directing influence over : regulate

  1. : an act or instance of controlling

  2. : skill in the use of a tool, instrument, technique, or artistic medium

  3. : the regulation of economic activity especially by government directive

purse play
  1. : a small bag for money

  2. : a receptacle (such as a pocketbook) for carrying money and often other small objects

  3. : a receptacle (such as a pouch) shaped like a purse

  1. : to put into a purse

  2. : pucker, knit

string play strings
  1. : a cord usually used to bind, fasten, or tie

  2. : something that resembles a string

  3. : a cord (such as a tendon or ligament) of an animal body

  1. : to equip with strings

  2. : to tune the strings of

  3. : to make tense : key up

  1. : of or relating to stringed musical instruments


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