purse' strings"

1. the right or power to manage the disposition of money: in control of the family purse strings.
2. hold the purse strings, to have the power to determine how money shall be spent.
3. loosen or tighten the purse strings, to increase or decrease expenditures or the availability of money: The budget committee is in the process of tightening the purse strings.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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