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1A ring, or one of two sliding rings, with which a purse may be closed. Now rare.
2Each of the rings attached to the mouth of a purse seine, through which the purse line runs.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas More (1478–1535), lord chancellor, humanist, and martyr. From purse + ring.
purse ring/ˈpəːs rɪŋ/
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