the public purse

Definition of the public purse

:government funds
  • Many believe the work should be financed by the public purse.

Word by Word Definitions

public play
  1. : exposed to general view : open

  2. : well-known, prominent

  3. : perceptible, material

  1. : a place accessible or visible to the public

  2. : the people as a whole : populace

  3. : a group of people having common interests or characteristics

purse play
  1. : a small bag for money

  2. : a receptacle (such as a pocketbook) for carrying money and often other small objects

  3. : a receptacle (such as a pouch) shaped like a purse

  1. : to put into a purse

  2. : pucker, knit


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