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hold 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 holding the purse strings. The finance department holds the purse strings around here.
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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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If, however, this proves a three-week-wonder, a great opportunity for ongoing, intercultural effort will be lost and we are hopeful that those holding the purse strings will look at ongoing efforts, some of which could quite successfully feed into school curriculum events under artists-in-residence schemes with the acceptance of head teachers.
Now he is telling our kings of industry and commerce that, unless we accept the euro and become full members of the United States of Europe with the Bundesbank holding the purse strings, we are doomed.
Organisers believe the partnership approach is a more effective way to convince those holding the purse strings to release money.
Maybe the Everyman's past will have to be soft-pedalled a bit, with eyes focused on glories to come rather than past achievements, and perhaps hardluck stories about how the theatre has achieved so much on so little might prove counter-productive, but the thrust will still be very much on convincing those holding the purse strings how central a city's cultural life is to its wellbeing and economic prosperity and development.
The suspicion is that the planning application is nothing but a paper exercise, at least while the two men holding the purse strings remain at loggerheads.
The problem is who will be holding the purse strings in January?
If Paddy Kitson was the chairman of the economic development committee holding the purse strings, it is strange that now most of the hard work is completed through the steering of Mr Goodway.
``The antidote is to break down the `Berlin wall' between health and social services and invest in prompt rehabilitation programmes which would, in the longer term, benefit older people and those holding the purse strings.''
Representing what is traditionally one of the first departments to feel the pinch, marketing managers will no doubt be having difficulty convincing those holding the purse strings they will need additional resources in the New Year.
However, it's not long before his wife's fears are proven correct - the men holding the purse strings of the firm are members of the Mafia.
As a Reds fan, if our club isn't rich enough to go it alone and take our Shankly Gates, Paisley Gateway, Hillsborough Memorial, Kop and packed trophy room with us, then something must be severely wrong with the men holding the purse strings of the European champions.