tighten the purse strings

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of tighten the purse strings

: to make less money available for spending
  • School administrators are already tightening the purse strings.

Word by Word Definitions

tighten play
  1. : to make tight or tighter

  2. : to become tight or tighter

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

string play strings
  1. : a cord usually used to bind, fasten, or tie

  2. : something that resembles a string

  3. : a cord (such as a tendon or ligament) of an animal body

  1. : to equip with strings

  2. : to tune the strings of

  3. : to make tense : key up

  1. : of or relating to stringed musical instruments


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