purse strings

plural noun

: financial resources
also : control over these resources

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Its struggles come as the economy is weakening and shoppers are tightening their purse strings. CBS News, 26 Jan. 2023 France Televisions, on the other hand, is looking to tighten its purse strings. Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 17 Jan. 2023 So there seems to be some tightening of the purse strings within the Republican Party. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 22 Dec. 2022 George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer under Cameron’s premiership, put in place austerity, and was much tighter with the purse strings than Boris Johnson. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 27 Oct. 2022 With Disney tightening on the purse strings of ESPN, does this help or hinder the Pac-12 with negotiations? Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Aug. 2022 While many teams indulged in a nearly unprecedented spending spree, the Dodgers stuck to their principles and kept a tight grip on their purse strings. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 9 Dec. 2022 Food producers have been raising prices on everything from snacks to condiments in a bid to manage rising supply costs, testing demand for their products as customers tighten their purse strings. Dean Seal, WSJ, 1 Dec. 2022 But the pubcaster, which is tightening its purse strings, could follow TF1 and M6’s footsteps. Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 21 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1530, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of purse strings was circa 1530

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“Purse strings.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purse%20strings. Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

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