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 Still, critics have said that Mr. Murphy could have used the considerable leverage the state wields over the city’s purse strings to block the vote to evict Oasis. New York Times, 10 Aug. 2021 The ideas are fielded by a volunteer advisory board, then the mayor makes recommendations to the City Council, which holds the purse strings. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 Aug. 2021 President Joe Biden has declared disasters in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont and Connecticut, opening the purse strings for federal recovery aid to those states. David Porter And Dave Collins, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Aug. 2021 President Joe Biden has declared disasters in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont and Connecticut, opening the purse strings for federal recovery aid to those states. David Porter And Dave Collins, chicagotribune.com, 23 Aug. 2021 President Joe Biden declared disasters in much of the region, opening the purse strings for federal recovery aid. David Klepper, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 Aug. 2021 Members of Congress, who control the purse strings, say the Navy must also spend billions of dollars more in its public shipyards that maintain the ships. Fox News, 24 May 2021 Germany specified that the money be distributed through UNICEF, while also insisting on giving it first to Covax, whose purse strings are controlled by Gavi. New York Times, 2 Aug. 2021 But if that’s not enough, here’s the purse strings case for why immigrants are becoming even more important to our short-, medium- and long-term prosperity. Andrew Tisch, Forbes, 28 June 2021

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First Known Use of purse strings

circa 1530, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of purse strings was circa 1530

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15 Sep 2021

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“Purse strings.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purse%20strings. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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