purse strings

plural noun

: financial resources
also : control over these resources

Examples of purse strings in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Political tensions over spending and hot-button policy issues will be intensified in an election year when the balance of power in Washington could dramatically shift and alter which party controls the nation’s purse strings. Ramsey Touchberry, Washington Examiner - Political News and Conservative Analysis About Congress, the President, and the Federal Government, 8 July 2024 Loading your audio article The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority is banking on more than $6 billion from the feds to help complete a ring of rail around the Bay Area with the San Jose BART extension, but the federal agency that holds the purse strings has some sticky concerns. Grace Hase, The Mercury News, 5 July 2024 Recent economic data and warnings from retailers have signaled that lower- and middle-income Americans are tightening their purse strings. Krystal Hur, CNN, 5 July 2024 In London, the Community Toilet Scheme is a collection of businesses that grants people access to their bathrooms with no purse strings attached. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, 3 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for purse strings 

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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 17 Jul. 2024.

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