One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Have control of expenditure.‘the power and the influence lie with the person who holds the purse strings’
- ‘He looks as if he's fully aware that he has been holding the purse strings during a period of unprecedented revenue, unprecedented spending and unprecedented pork barrelling.’
- ‘However, by holding the purse strings, the university administration can easily usurp faculty roles by supporting the hiring and promotion of only those whose fields are likely to bring in the most money.’
- ‘The lowest quote was usually chosen by the board of governors, who held the purse strings, which was seen as ‘best value’.’
- ‘One way of testing whether it really is true that who holds the purse strings controls how the money is spent, is to look at what happens when income is transferred from husbands to wives.’
- ‘‘This also sends a strong message to the people who hold the purse strings with regard to County Council funding’, he said.’
- ‘The vision and the plan must also be convincing to Congress, the one holding the purse strings for the government's role.’
- ‘The twist is, of course, that the amateurs hold the purse strings.’
- ‘A west Wiltshire student has just been given the chance to hold the purse strings to a massive student budget, after she was voted onto the Students Union board at university.’
- ‘Now tough negotiations are going on with the Primary Care Trusts - which hold the purse strings for all health services in Greater Manchester.’
- ‘Mr Lillycrop, who has complete sympathy for under pressure dentists, pleaded with those who hold the purse strings, to deal with the problem.’
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