control the purse strings

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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

control/hold the ˈpurse strings

(informal) be the person who controls the amount of money spent and the way in which it is spent: I’m the one who controls the purse strings in this office, and you must come to me if you want any more money.
See also: control, hold, purse, string
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After a tumultuous 10 years at the helm, Ashley now appears to be controlling the purse strings with an iron grip as he desperately tries to re-coup as much as possible.
I, for one, would feel a little more confident that Wales was ready to confront the fiscal challenges that our nation faces in the years to come if we had our own Treasury controlling the purse strings.
The causes of the malaiseare being perpetuated - Contracts for outsourcing and projects which are the causes of corruption- to get these in the first place, to execute them successfully and to get the payment out of the Babus controlling the purse strings.
Those controlling the purse strings may not know how to qualify legal work product success.
Ghanem was one of the most powerful men in Gaddafi's Libya, effectively controlling the purse strings of the government and the Gaddafi family, until he defected to the opposition in May last year as rebels bore down on Tripoli.
While elected governments tamely permit banks to issue our public means of exchange for massive private profit, not only do those controlling the purse strings have voters at their mercy: the rich pickings available in high finance will continue to act as a corrupting influence on those who should be putting the interests of the nation first.
Ghanem, 69, was one of the most powerful men in Gaddafi's Libya -- effectively controlling the purse strings of the government and the Gaddafi family.
But when it comes to controlling the purse strings, women rule the roost, with 75% of wives looking after the budget in homes.
It is expected to lead the way but without exercising commercial power, controlling the purse strings or even the fixture list.
The Canadian government fails to keep up with innovations in medicine, controlling the purse strings for new equipment, deciding how many physicians can be trained in each specialty, and mandating the number of hospital beds in each province.
The entire football world has been staggered at the enormous amounts of money shelled out by the men controlling the purse strings at the Bernabeu and Eastlands.
The team has struggled to sort out whether part of its job involves controlling the purse strings on the project or simply making a recommendation to the board.
They may know theoretically that automated handling holds the key to more efficient production and effective cost reduction but finding an argument to persuade those controlling the purse strings often remains "a bridge too far".
It's a lesson as old as time, but one that seems to often elude those controlling the purse strings around funding time.