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English definition of “the purse strings”

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.Savings, interest and capital
(Definition of the purse strings from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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