lighten (one's) purse

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lighten (one's) purse

1. To steal money from one. This seedy part of town is crawling with pickpockets—plenty of people ready to lighten your purse.
2. To spend money or cause one to spend money, especially excessively or wastefully. Aunt Edna, please don't lighten your purse buying things for the kids. They have enough toys and clothes as it is. The gift shop certainly lightened our purses. Why did we buy so much crap we don't need?
See also: lighten, purse
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