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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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The man who controls the purse strings was waiting for an answer, he insisted.
Regardless of whether he decides to do so, clearly the billionaire has recognised Newcastle's Premier League status could depend upon their transfer business this month - and he is the person who ultimately controls the purse strings at St James' Park.
I am also interested in finding out in who controls the purse strings. Does Wagner have any say?
"The Commission controls the purse strings for the County here," Brewer says.
As Chancellor, he controls the purse strings - and he is drawing them tightly.
He more than anyone else can dictate precisely how the game can be played because he controls the purse strings.
Only an independent body can deliver the level of policing required, and the Turf Club argues if HRI controls the purse strings, it - the Turf Club - doesn't have the necessary independence to fulfil its integrity duties.
When a small, powerful group controls the purse strings for a politician's re-election campaign, party doesn't matter.
The man who controls the purse strings - Rod Petrie, or Harpo Marx to give him his full title as he never actually speaks -will fly into Southern Spain to meet Fenlon and discuss more transfer business.
As the man who controls the purse strings, Fayyad's problems grew last year when foreign aid started to slow.
The House controls the purse strings. According to Article I, Section 9 of the Constitution, money can only be paid out of the Treasury by appropriations: "No money shall be drawn from the Treasury but in consequence of appropriations made by law." Not a cent can be spent without the House's authorization.
Once Washington controls the purse strings, private insurance as Americans have known it will be a thing of the past, leading to a future of bureaucratic controls, rationing, longer waits, higher costs, and poorer outcomes.
(By the way, the blog written by the CBO director, Doug Elmendorf, is now my favorite online watering hole, and will continue to be so for as long as the Congress controls the purse strings, that is, forever).
Are both the agency and Congress, which controls the purse strings, up to the task?