Meaning of “the purse strings” in the English Dictionary


"the purse strings" in English

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the purse strings

the spending of money by a family, company, or country:

A recent survey showed that in 53 percent of families, women hold (= control) the purse strings.

(Definition of “the purse strings” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"purse strings" in American English

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purse stringsplural 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” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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