purse strings


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purse strings

The spending power of a given group, such as a family, company, country, etc. Their government is going to have to learn to tighten the purse strings if they want to continue receiving bailout money from the IMF. After my dad's gambling problem came to light, it was my mother who started holding the purse strings.
See also: purse, string

purse strings

Financial resources or control of them, as in His mother doesn't want to let go of the purse strings because he may make some foolish investments . This expression is often extended to hold or tighten or loosen the purse strings , as in As long as Dad holds the purse strings, we have to consider his wishes, or The company is tightening the purse strings and will not be hiring many new people this year . The purse strings in this idiom are the means of opening and closing a drawstring purse. [Early 1400s]
See also: purse, string
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There has also been a rise in the proportion of children receiving pocket money over the last year across Britain as households ease their purse strings, from 77% in 2012 to 84%.
From next season the purse strings should loosen a bit more, but in terms of this season it was always on the understanding it was going to be tight in terms of finance.
Purse Strings Network works closely with its members and focuses on building partnerships with other consultants and small businesses.
As for who holds the purse strings after marriage, it can work out fine if you are both clear about the rules from the start.
Sexual health organisations said that, at a time of deep public spending cuts, the figures should act as a stark reminder not to tighten the purse strings for sexual health services.
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Hearts boss Csaba Laszlo wanted a striker in the transfer window but owner Vladimir Romanov refused to loosen the purse strings.
IN these times of tightening purse strings I would just like to pose a question about a couple of traders.
Retailers predicted a late Christmas rush this year and have been cutting prices to persuade shoppers to loosen their purse strings.
Ask parents, and they'll tell you: Kids have an enormous influence over the family's purse strings.
ESPANYOL star Ivan De La Pena believes he could have been a sensation in Scottish football - if Celtic would have stretched their purse strings to sign him.
AS the 2008 presidential dog-and-pony show stockpiles more money than ever, conventional wisdom dictates that those with the largest purse strings -- not a gender reference for the Hillary fans out there -- will make it especially difficult for the financially challenged among them to not be labeled "dead men running.
At the same time that government funding for effective prevention programs is shrinking, many of the public health authorities and agencies that hold the purse strings are requiring physicians to report to the government the names and personal details of all HIV-positive patients.
She says by assembling a board of influential industry types, they hope to loosen the purse strings of the provincial and federal governments into equally sharing costs with Laurentian to fund the $30-million project.
I don't think it's going to evolve at a pace that might increase the number of available drugs for select populations because of the negative feedback that has arisen, particularly among constituents who currently control the purse strings for research.