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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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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.
MIKE ASHLEY The owner ultimately controls the purse strings and dictates what direction Newcastle United go in - but these days, his appears to be more of a hands-off presence.
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.
The government controls the purse strings but it is our money, not theirs.
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.
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.
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Are both the agency and Congress, which controls the purse strings, up to the task?
Critics suggest that since Murdoch controls the purse strings, he will effectively control the newsroom despite the editorial committee.
Leader Gareth Winston Roberts and Llanfairpwll councillor John Roberts, who controls the purse strings on the council's executive, will meet the minister on Tuesday.
Granted, Congress controls the purse strings, but Democrats know it would be political suicide to cut off funds to U.
Claim to fame: Still planning to be around until 2009, Mr Morgan controls the purse strings of our schools, hospitals and much more.