purse strings


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purse strings

The spending power of a given group, such as a family, company, country, etc. Their government is going to have to learn to tighten the purse strings if they want to continue receiving bailout money from the IMF. After my dad's gambling problem came to light, it was my mother who started holding the purse strings.
See also: purse, string

purse strings

Financial resources or control of them, as in His mother doesn't want to let go of the purse strings because he may make some foolish investments . This expression is often extended to hold or tighten or loosen the purse strings , as in As long as Dad holds the purse strings, we have to consider his wishes, or The company is tightening the purse strings and will not be hiring many new people this year . The purse strings in this idiom are the means of opening and closing a drawstring purse. [Early 1400s]
See also: purse, string
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MONEY MESSAGE Conte is frustrated by his board's reluctance to loosen purse strings
There has also been a rise in the proportion of children receiving pocket money over the last year across Britain as households ease their purse strings, from 77% in 2012 to 84%.
"From next season the purse strings should loosen a bit more, but in terms of this season it was always on the understanding it was going to be tight in terms of finance."
Mr Barker described the elephants' new home as a paradise, adding: "To think one of them might not survive the trip in a truck touched my heart and purse strings."
I suppose I am also dreading having to hold the purse strings when we do get married.
TAMWORTH have loosened the purse strings to allow manager Gary Mills to add young prospect Scott Barrow to their squad.
The Tory and LibDem government are telling us a lot about how all General Practitioners are to hold the purse strings for their patient's entire treatment in the NHS.
BUSINESS services group Capita said its half year figures were impacted by a fall in new contracts as public purse strings are tightened, but added that the public sector's quest for savings should work in its favour as a key provider of outsourced services.
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Parliament's official record has Lord Purse Strings telling peers last week that UK borrowing this year will be pounds 1,067billion when the real figure is pounds 167billion.
Women make 91 of home-buying decisions holding the purse strings on about 2 trillion-worth of buying power annually according to a Harvard study quoted here.
Retailers predicted a late Christmas rush this year and have been cutting prices to persuade shoppers to loosen their purse strings. Many stores reported a surge in sales at the weekend.
Even if you're one of the lucky few who isn't having to tighten the purse strings, would you really want to spend dhs16,300 on a mobile phone?
Meanwhile, recent financial market turmoil is likely to cause households to hold tighter their purse strings. Meanwhile, the pound-dollar (GBPUSD) continues to hold below 1.86 amid the large improvement.
Ask parents, and they'll tell you: Kids have an enormous influence over the family's purse strings. The graph at right shows the degree to which various purchases were influenced by kids ages 13 to 21.