hold the purse strings

hold the purse strings

COMMON If you hold the purse strings, you control the way that money is spent in a particular family, organization, or country. Six out of ten women think that financial institutions treat them like idiots, even though they usually hold the domestic purse strings. Note: People sometimes use control instead of hold. His department controls the purse strings, and he will make sure that other departments spend money to meet targets he has set. Note: This expression is often varied. For instance, you can talk about someone's hold on the purse strings or control of the purse strings. His manager was in sole control of the purse strings.
See also: hold, purse, string

hold the purse strings

have control of expenditure.
See also: hold, 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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It is an area that provokes very real feelings and input should not be solely from the people who hold the purse strings.
And, even if they were more sympathetic, the SNP government would still hold the purse strings.
The elected members hold the purse strings to pounds 250,000, available for all sorts of community improvements.
Under the devolution plan,an assembly would hold the purse strings, and decide priorities, on such issues as transport, the environment and housing.
The football club hold the purse strings and provide match day tickets and ground tours for lucky lads.
We had excellent feedback from people within the health service who hold the purse strings, saying this is what we want.
This is a situation in which a federal agency was afraid of losing funding if those who hold the purse strings were offended," says RADAR President Janice Lee.
We will take on board the response and, although I do not personally hold the purse strings, we will make changes.
It is everything to do with the people who hold the purse strings at Forest and Southampton.
A look at the hot sellers in the Scottish Top 10 compiled by the Scottish Motor Trade Association should be enough to convince anyone that women hold the purse strings when it comes to shelling out for wheels.
Primary Care Trusts hold the purse strings in the NHS.
Deborah was to become one of the growing number of people suffering because of policies dictated by those who hold the purse strings in the Health Commission Wales (HCW).
Not by teachers or schools struggling to remain within budget, but by those who hold the purse strings too tightly and so disadvantage children at a time when they would benefit most from a more focused learning environment.
It is up to those who hold the purse strings to look at the figures again and ensure that our colleges are not disrupted, either by strike action or by an exodus of staff, in the coming months.
Just nod when they tell you how to do your job - they hold the purse strings.