hold/control the purse strings

idiom

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

Examples of hold/control the purse strings in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As investment prospects darken, financiers increasingly view the game as a way to build 'guanxi' or connections with officials who hold the purse strings on local projects, especially those overseas investors might consider too risky. Fox News, 28 Aug. 2023 The people who control the purse strings — Senate Leadership Fund, Mitch McConnell. The Arizona Republic, 12 Nov. 2022 Now that millennials control the purse strings at many businesses, sales professionals are carving out new ways of closing deals on everything from business software to chemicals and office equipment. Lindsay Ellis, WSJ, 8 Nov. 2022 Club owners in the country’s top domestic leagues have final say over the agenda and control the purse strings. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 5 Sep. 2022 With steep losses in recent memory, the investors who control the purse strings are keeping the companies on a tight leash. Justin Worland/houston, Time, 10 Mar. 2022 Members of Congress, who control the purse strings, say the Navy must also spend billions of dollars more in its public shipyards that maintain the ships. Fox News, 24 May 2021 Harvey keeps a tight circle of associates who hold the purse strings. Rodney Ho, ajc, 27 Apr. 2022 Turns out women hold the purse strings in most relationships. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 20 Apr. 2022 See More

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“Hold/control the purse strings.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hold%2Fcontrol%20the%20purse%20strings. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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