purse strings

plural noun

Definition of purse strings

: financial resources also : control over these resources

Examples of purse strings in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Tribune’s Alice Yin writes that the group is leaning on Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who holds the purse strings at county government, ahead of her rolling out a budget proposal in the coming weeks. Lisa Donovan, chicagotribune.com, "The Spin: New round of Gov. Pritzker vs. Ken Griffin | Dems Casten, Underwood aim for crossover appeal | Lightfoot’s lead pipe replacement program offers window into shifting mindset at City Hall," 10 Sep. 2020 France is loosening the purse strings to get the economy back on its feet after months of efforts to stop the progression of the Covid-19 epidemic. William Horobin, Bloomberg.com, "France Gives Hints on Stimulus Plan to Be Unveiled Next Week," 29 Aug. 2020 Democratic leaders this week said that Congress, not the President, has the constitutional power to control the purse strings of the federal government. Lance Lambert, Fortune, "Trump to sign an executive order to extend enhanced unemployments benefits as stimulus talks fall apart," 8 Aug. 2020 Women hold few of journalism’s purse strings, for instance. Ryan Lenora Brown, The Christian Science Monitor, "Where do women lead in the media? South Africa.," 7 Aug. 2020 You may be invited to gamble, but keep your purse strings closed and your lips sealed this weekend. oregonlive, "Horoscope for August 1, 2020: Gemini, no gambling this weekend; Sagittarius, only risk what you can afford to lose," 1 Aug. 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has only heightened the need for partners, as venture capitalists tighten the purse strings on big bets like self-driving. Aarian Marshall, Wired, "Self-Driving Tech Is Becoming a Game of Partnerships," 7 July 2020 Even the Baltimore Orioles, a team rebuilding much like the Tigers with tight purse strings and lots of losses over the past three seasons, inked six college players. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Why the Detroit Tigers are trailing in race to sign undrafted players," 19 June 2020 Others may have tightened the purse strings after a temporary, or even permanent, lay-off. The Economist, "The pandemic is pushing households to conserve their cash," 11 June 2020

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First Known Use of purse strings

circa 1530, in the meaning defined above

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14 Sep 2020

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“Purse strings.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purse%20strings. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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