the public pursenoun [ S ]uk /ˌpʌb.lɪk ˈpɜːs/ us /ˌpʌb.lɪk ˈpɝːs/ mainly UK
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(Definition of “the public purse” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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