from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Financial support or resources, or control over them: the politicians who control federal purse strings; tightened the corporate purse strings.


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  • Sunil Askari kept him under: his so-called benefactor, the man who held the purse strings for Preeti and kept Raj in squalor as recompense.

    Walls of Silence

  • Asander would be satrap, but Nicias would control the purse strings while Pausanias commanded the high ground.

    Alexander the Great


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