purse string


Definition of purse string

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one of the drawstrings of a purse by which its mouth is opened or closed
2 purse strings plural : financial resources those who have control of our municipal purse strings purse strings will thus continue to control the distribution of … documentsEconomist



Definition of purse-string (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : formed or drawn in the manner of a purse string a wind-tight purse-string closure about the neck — see purse-string suture
2 : involving control of financial matters : acting through financial control committee would have purse-string power to enforce the decisionsThe National Jewish Monthly

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First Known Use of purse string


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for purse string


Middle English, from purs, purse purse + string


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“Purse string.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purse%20string. Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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