control the purse strings

control the purse strings

To dictate the spending of a given group, such as a family, company, country, etc. After my dad's gambling problem came to light, my mother started to control the purse strings. The finance department controls the purse strings around here.
See also: control, purse, string

control the purse strings

 and hold the purse strings
Fig. to be in charge of the money in a business or a household. I control the purse strings at our house. Mr. Williams is the treasurer. He controls the purse strings.
See also: control, purse, string
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Don't protest against Joe Anderson, protest against the Government, they are the ones who control the purse strings.
It would help greatly if you control the purse strings.
It may well be those who control the purse strings believe United already have more than adequate replacements for Cabaye and Colocinni in Vurnon Anita and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and maybe there is some truth in that.
The Together Union has formed a separate company, consisting of just seven board members, which would control the purse strings and handle political campaigns without member input.
Thus, it seems those who control the purse strings would prefer to dole out the money in aid and grants while extending Parliament's mandate.
The Eugene board's bottom line: If community members really want to have influence on school budget decisions, they should start lobbying state legislators who are working on the state budget and who largely control the purse strings.
It is the responsibility of all of us to make sure that it is heard by those who control the purse strings.
It is as though the men who control the purse strings at the Emirates have been counting down the days until the Financial Fair Play regulations kick in.
We would certainly want to speak to the most senior people who control the purse strings.
The SNP Government do not make the decisions on which drugs should be licensed - but they do control the purse strings.
By showing you can control the purse strings you'll gain respect.
While the US Congress does control the purse strings, the American system of government ensures that foreign policy is made and executed by the executive and not the legislative branch.
Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) currently lead the local health service and control the purse strings, contracting hospitals, GPs and other services to provide care.
So, I offer you some suggestions as to how you might argue your case a little more effectively with those who control the purse strings.
There seems to be a tug-of-war at the region between those who want success and those who control the purse strings, but silverware does not come cheaply.