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Definition of the purse strings noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

the purse strings

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a way of referring to money and how it is controlled or spent Who holds the purse strings in your house? The government will have to tighten the purse strings (= spend less).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: the purse strings