Definition of purse string
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 … documents — Economist
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Origin and Etymology of purse string
Middle English, from purs, purse purse + string
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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