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English definition of “purse strings”

purse strings

plural noun  /ˈpɜrs ˌstrɪŋz/
control over how much money is spent: Retailers are hoping that American consumers will loosen their purse strings next year.
(Definition of purse strings plural noun from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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