tighten the purse strings


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tighten the purse strings

To become less liberal with or more controlling of one's expenditures; to decrease the availability of money for spending purposes. After losing my job, I've had to tighten the purse strings quite a bit. We've been behind schedule ever since the boss decided to tighten the purse strings on our project.
See also: purse, string, tighten

tighten the purse strings

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tighten your purse strings

If you tighten the purse strings or tighten your purse strings, you reduce the amount of money that can be spent. Election promises must be delayed while the government tightens its purse strings.
See also: purse, string, tighten
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It's important to take into account that we've had to tighten the purse strings while the excellent start we had built up people's hopes and when they don't come to fruition it's bitterly disappointing.
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But while Benitez, right, must tighten the purse strings this summer, he isn't concerned about Tottenham's tough stance.
The falls in London's FTSE 100 will hit pensions, long-term savings and investments and further tighten the purse strings for those struggling to pay off their mortgage.
Credit-card spending hit a four-year low in April as shoppers began to tighten the purse strings amid the deepening economic gloom.