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tighten the purse strings

To become less liberal with or more controlling of one's expenditures; to decrease the availability of money for spending purposes. After losing my job, I've had to tighten the purse strings quite a bit. We've been behind schedule ever since the boss decided to tighten the purse strings on our project.
See also: purse, string, tighten

tighten the purse strings

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tighten your purse strings

If you tighten the purse strings or tighten your purse strings, you reduce the amount of money that can be spent. Election promises must be delayed while the government tightens its purse strings.
See also: purse, string, tighten
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BBC Director-General Tony Hall has been Mr Popular since he took over 11 months ago but that could be about to change as he attempts to tighten the purse strings.
Powell revealed this week that Bangor will have to tighten the purse strings this season after failing to secure European football.
So daunting is the prospect for many that 4% would consider asking guests for a monetary contribution towards the cost of their wedding instead of a traditional gift if they were looking to tighten the purse strings.
As Steve Thomas from the Welsh Local Government Association says, local councils that provide these services simply "cannot prioritise everything", and tough choices will have to be made as budgetary pressures begin to tighten the purse strings.
Kenny Dalglish's spending splurge last season was seen as the reason behind Rodgers' inability to compete in the transfer market, and Henry admits with half an eye on UEFA's financial fair play rules, the Anfield club have had to tighten the purse strings.
It has already been dubbed the summer of Great Britain, as more families tighten the purse strings and opt to spend their holidays in the UK rather than travel abroad.
IT HAS already been dubbed the "Summer of Great Britain" as more families tighten the purse strings and opt to spend their holidays in the UK rather than travel abroad.
IT has already been dubbed the Summer of Great Britain as more families tighten the purse strings and opt to spend their holidays in the UK rather than travel abroad With around half a million caravanning enthusiasts in the UK, leisure towing is a serious business - one which has prompted Chevrolet to create its own guide to safer caravanning.
Gender wise, it is women - at 55 percent - who are more likely to tighten the purse strings and bring in their lunch.
PRUDENT British mums are set to tighten the purse strings this festive season, a survey found.
For those looking to tighten the purse strings during the recession, this year's list offers toys which should not prove too much of a blow to the bank balance, with none costing above Au50.
Times are tough and we need to tighten the purse strings.
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?
Parents may tighten the purse strings for themselves, but they'll still spend on their kids.
The wages are coming straight out of its Fund allocation of around pounds 175,000, and this seems to be one of the reasons why the Trust has been forced to tighten the purse strings.