purse string

noun

Definition of purse string

  1. 1 :  one of the drawstrings of a purse by which its mouth is opened or closed

  2. 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


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