loosen the purse strings


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loosen the purse strings

To become more liberal with one's expenditures; to increase the availability of money for spending purposes. After having to count my pennies for so long, it's nice to be able to loosen the purse strings a bit! We'd have a much better and more stable product if the boss would loosen the purse strings a little.
See also: loosen, purse, string

loosen the purse strings

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loosen your purse strings

If you loosen the purse strings or loosen your purse strings, you allow more money to be spent. If the Treasury loosens the purse strings, many authorities will be delighted to spend. Companies are loosening their purse strings and making investments in network improvements.
See also: loosen, purse, string
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"I would like to see us loosen the purse strings very quickly and very substantially.
Hammam has already spent millions on building this Cardiff City team and now the pressure is on to loosen the purse strings again, before next Thursday's transfer deadline.
Bosses hope to persuade shoppers to loosen the purse strings for what's billed as a one-day extravaganza.
CELTIC have been warned they will have to loosen the purse strings to the tune of pounds 3.4million to land Tony Mowbray's top signing target Marc-Antoine Fortune.
YOU'D no doubt think me mad to suggest that now is actually a good time to loosen the purse strings. But at this frugal time when everyone is tightening their belts, perhaps now is the perfect time to pool our resources and work towards a greater goal.
Then there was a muted demonstration from supporters before tonight's game, with the words "Ellis Out" held up - a reference to Villa chairman Doug Ellis, who has been accused of being slow to loosen the purse strings.
But after signing a 12-month rolling contract that will keep him at Newcastle for as long as he wants the job, chairman Freddy Shepherd has agreed to loosen the purse strings.
The majority of us are still feeling the pinch money-wise, but are happy to loosen the purse strings on a night out, with the average spend at [euro]81.
Hearts boss Csaba Laszlo wanted a striker in the transfer window but owner Vladimir Romanov refused to loosen the purse strings.
But loosen the purse strings and the North-East will spring free, able at last to reach its full potential.
Clearly they need to loosen the purse strings to keep their huge support happy.
He hopes if families and businesses can bank on cheap cash, they will loosen the purse strings and give the economy a boost.
Martin O'Neill's side have one foot in the Champions League after their 4- 0 first-leg win at MTK Hungaria but Quinn, left, says it won't loosen the purse strings.
MICK COOKE wants Drogheda United chiefs to loosen the purse strings to ensure they are not one-season-wonders.
He tries to turn on the charm in order to loosen the purse strings.