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English definition of “the public purse”

the public purse

noun [S] uk   mainly UK us  
money from the government: People should provide for their own retirement and not expect to be supported by the public purse.
(Definition of the public purse from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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